March 2019 Newsletter
Aiming (very) High
Caroline in training. The trek requires balance and flexibility
as well as strong legs – and nerves
At the time of writing she has already raised over £1000. it would be wonderful if she could get to £3000, enough to pay for about 10- ESOL courses or 20 IELTS exam fees for university entrance – both very significant steps on the way to a new life here for the beneficiaries of our new grants.
All contributions are very welcome and most gratefully received. gift-aided donations are even better, as we can claim the gift aid ands raise more money at no extra cost.
How the money is spent
If you would like full details of the Trust’s activities last year, please click here for our annual report.
Below is a snapsot of the key point.
This year we have already given away grants totalling over £34,000. At the last meeting of the grants committee in February 2019, £7315 was awarded to 25 successful applicants, nine for ESOL and the others ranging from dentistry exams to hairdressing. The next deadline for applications (which must be accompanied by a reference) is 19 June.
New Patron – Lord Dubs
We are delighted that Lord Dubs (Alf Dubs) has very kindly agreed to be our new patron. he himself arrived as a six-year old refugee on a Kindertransport train from Prague, fleeing the Nazis, and has been a lifelong advocate for refugees, most recently child refugees.
Finally a big thank you to all our supporters who make our work possible, especially to Evert trekker Caroline Streliaev-Pivetta.
With best wishes
Mary Simpson (Chair) and the Ruth Hayman trustees