Ruth Hayman Trust – March Newsletter

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March 2019 Newsletter

Aiming (very) High

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Could you give our very adventurous and determined supporter a hand up as she treks to Everest Base Camp to raise money for the Trust?  To donate to support Caroline Streliaev-Pivetta on her Everest trek, please click here or send a cheque to Ruth Hayman Trust, P O Box 17685, London N6 6WD.
This trek is in celebration of the return to full fitness after two taxing years of thrice-weekly post-injury physio following a skiing knee injury.  Caroline is Deputy Head of the Creative Industries School at Kingston College.  She will be spending the Easter break from 2-22 April trekking the 130-kilometre round trip from Lukla in Nepal (2860 metres) to Everest Base Camp (5380 metres).
Just the height gain is 2520 metres, more than twice the height of Snowdon, with altitude sickness a real risk – to say nothing of the ups and downs of the trail, the crossing of suspension bridges and all the other challenges of the trek.
Caroline wanted to celebrate her return to full fitness by raising money for the Trust in the current climate when funding is so tight and the wider environment so difficult for many of the learners (mainly refugees and asylum seekers) we support.
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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.

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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

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