In Aid of Martha Trust

Our aim is to raise funds to help severely disabled people to keep moving forward, in terms of improved physical mobility and cognitive development. We are therefore pleased to raise funds for and support the Martha Trust.

About Martha Trust

  • Martha Trust is a registered charity providing residential and respite care for people with profound physical and learning disabilities in Deal, Kent, and Hastings, East Sussex, England. Martha Trust comprises three residential homes and a Day Centre:
  • 1. Martha House (in Deal, Kent) - opened March 1987: home for adults.
  • 2. Frances House & Day Care Centre (in Deal, Kent) - opened 1999: home for young people.
  • 3. Mary House (in Hastings, East Sussex) - opened April 2006: home for young adults.  

  • Martha Trust employs more than 60 staff headed up by a management team responsible to the Board of Trustees, providing lifelong care for 33 people. 
  • History: The Martha Trust is a Christian based organisation which was conceived in 1981 by Julia Knowles, in response to her growing involvement in the care of young people with physical and learning disabilities and her realisation that the quality of care provision needed was rarely available within the local area. Julia wished the approach at Martha to be centred around creating a loving family environment where all who stay would become part of the extended Martha family, an approach that continues today. Martha Trust aim to express God's love for all those who come to Martha which is why Love in Action has become a key statement for their work.

Principal Activities/Services

  • Residential care: The three residential care homes provide lifelong care for 33 people with profound disabilities. All homes are attractive and well equipped, and staffed by dedicated, qualified teams of nurses and care staff.
  • Daycare: Their daycare service meets the needs of young people after leaving full time education. Each person has full access to the Martha Trust facilities and a tailored programme of activities to meet their needs.
  • Respite care: Martha Trust provides respite care breaks to many people each year. Without this service some families can find it hard to meet the demands of caring full time for a relative with profound disabilities.

Aim / Philosophy

  • The Trust’s aim/philosophy is to provide a safe, loving, homely environment in which each person can grow and develop to reach their full potential as individuals and, at the same time, enjoy life to the fullest possible extent.
  • Christian Principles: "We believe in the unique worth and potential of every person who comes to Martha and aim to do everything we can to help them realise their full potential. The Trust looks to God for guidance and inspiration to ensure that Martha continues to develop and is well placed to meet the many new challenges which lie ahead."

Martha Trust Contact

  • Julie Gayler
    Fundraising & Communications Manager
    Martha Trust
    Homemead Lane,
    Hacklinge, Deal, Kent.
    United Kingdom.
    CT14 0PG
    Tel: 01304 615223
    Fax: 01304 615462
    e-mail: fundraising(at)

    Charity No. 1067885
    Company No. 3467406