Privacy Statement

The Blackden Trust is an educational charity that works to conserve, promote and share the site, surroundings and collections of Toad Hall and The Old Medicine House, Cheshire, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Blackden Trust is a registered Charity in England and Wales, No. 1115818.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our and supporters and those with whom we come into contact. This privacy statement sets out the way we collect, store and process your personal information in accordance with current UK data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

This policy may be updated from time to time to ensure we continue to provide you with accurate information. This version dates to August 2020

What is personal information?

We will collect personal information when you or your organisation enquire or take part in our activities and events, use our site and facilities or engage with our education programme.

Personal information is information that can be used to identify you. Examples of personal information include your name, title, postal address, email address and telephone numbers. It can also include personal information relating to processes that include payment information (such as credit card or bank details), Gift Aid declarations and donations, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, information relating to employment or volunteering, or social media interaction.

What is the legal basis for collecting your information?

The Trust only collects personal information to enable us to carry out our legitimate interests, to enable us to fulfil our obligations relating to the sale of goods to a customer and to comply with legal requirements.

The Trust’s legitimate interests are:

  • Fulfilling our duty to care for and promote public awareness of Blackden
  • The sale or supply of services and products to visitors and supporters
  • The promotion, marketing and advertising of our events, activities, products and opportunities
  • To improve and develop new and existing activities, programmes and opportunities
  • Fundraising and promotion of the charity’s interests
  • Gaining better understanding of the needs of our visitors and supporters.
  • Addressing enquiries and complaints
  • Compliance with legal requirements and regulations

How do we use your personal information?

Your personal information will only be accessible to staff, partners and volunteers if it is appropriate in order for them to carry out their role.
We may use your information in a variety of ways, including to:

  • process your Gift Aid payment
  • send you information about projects and events via our e-newsletter and email
  • send you governance information
  • update your information
  • send you information about volunteering opportunities and fundraising
  • profile information for the purposes of research or fundraising

We will not sell or pass on your personal information for other organisations to use for their own purposes.

We will share your information only when we are legally obliged to do so at the request of a government or law enforcement authority.

We will only share your information, when necessary, with third party services or contractors we have asked to carry out a service on our behalf for purposes such as distribution of information about what we do or activities and events. Your information will not be used by a third party for any other purposes and will be deleted as soon as the service has been fulfilled.


We will only contact you for marketing communications if you have told us that we can do so.

You can find out what personal information we hold about you and update your personal information by contacting us at

You can request the removal of your personal information from our records at any time by contacting us at


The Blackden Trust takes the security of personal information of its visitors, supporters and volunteers with the utmost seriousness, and takes appropriate steps to ensure that such data are securely stored.

Only authorised people are able to access your personal information and all personal information is transferred using secure processes. Our processes and systems are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain secure.


We only hold your personal information for as long as is necessary for us to administer our relationship with you.

If we dispose of your information, it will always be done so securely.


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Further information

If you have questions about the Blackden Trust’s privacy policy and your rights, please contact us at
For further information about data protection and your rights please visit the Information Commissioners Office at