Thornton’s Budgens, your community supermarket that really cares.

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At Thornton’s Budgens we particularly focus on local products and delivering great service while also supporting local charities and organisations, as we are all part of the community and we need each other. Discover some of the fantastic London brands we stock. Visit our Current Support page to find out about the current local cause or charity we are supporting and how you can get involved.

RC School- Rosary- herbsWe blend the depth and breadth of range of a larger supermarket with the intimacy of a small local store. We are the first supermarket in the country (possibly in the world?) to have its own Poet Laureate.

We could give pages of examples of how we are connected with our community but here are just a few key points:

Pennies for Plastic

Our environmental campaigns really mean a lot to our customers, and Pennies for Plastic addressed our customers concerns for the planet and allowed us to financially contribute to the community. We were the first supermarket in the country to stop giving away free carrier bags. We committed that every penny (then the cost of a plastic bag) would be put into a fund, called Pennies for Plastic.Hope block2

Our wonderful trust Pennies for Plastic raised over £125,000 for local charities and organisations during the 4 years it operated.


We created the campaign HOPE with JWT advertising agency as a way of making donating money to a charity in store something more than just putting a couple of coins into a collection tin. This caught the imagination of the public and the press – listen to this BBC “Supermarkets ‘sell hope’ in charity venture” news clip.

The first charity to benefit from the sale of blocks of HOPE was our local branch of The Alzheimer’s Society. We are delighted that we came up with a new way for people to donate to charities and are hopeful that some of the major retailers will take the idea on.

To find out more about how HOPE works and how you can get involved in the current HOPE campaign visit Current Support.

Love Local

Wac Arts copyWe are grateful to our wonderful customers for raising £1,250 through our fundraising loyalty scheme, Love Local. We doubled what you raised and donated £2,500 to:

  • The Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead
  • WAC Arts College
  • Chalk Farm food bank
  • Fleet Primary School
  • The Simon Community
  • Adelaide Green Gym

The Love Local scheme has now ended and we are continuing our support of local causes and charities through HOPE campaigns and other activities.

Post Office

After a lengthy community “Bring back the Post Office” campaign, we opened our very own Post Office in the heart of the community and it’s an invaluable community resource – delivering services with a smile!


We have an open Comments Board and our responses are posted for everyone to read. Our SMILE Awards Board allows customers to nominate team members for excellent service. So please don’t forget to nominate someone if you think they deserve it because a little encouragement can go a long way…

Rosie, Boris and AndrewWe have a great supporter in Rosie Boycott, Head of the London Food Board, who has joined us in the past to celebrate our commitment to local food, urban agriculture and a more sustainable future.

To find out more about our commitment to our community and the environment click here.