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News & events

Congratulations Hanna Ostling who ran the marathon in Stockholm in aid of the trust. Thank youHanna and your supporters for raising £800 for the trust.


Congratulations to Ruth Hayman Trustee, Hanna Ostling, who successfully completed her first marathon in her home town of Stockholm. Click here to donate.


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We are aiming to lose 4 stone between us from now to the end of August. We are asking friends, family and colleagues to sponsor us.  You could donate by the pound (lb) lost or a lump (!!) sum.  We shall update you regularly on our progress, successes and the inevitable setbacks.  But you will know that whatever happens your donation is going to a really worthwhile cause.


Click here for our Annual Report 2015 - 16.

Thank you supporters, volunteers, student fundraisers, patrons, beneficiaries and former trustees who helped to make this event such a memorable occasion. Over £5,000 was raised for the Trust.  Many thanks to our generous sponsors: the English Speaking Board, Wordbright Ltd, and an anonymous donor. As a result, all funds raised will go directly to our beneficiaries. Read more in our December 2016 Newsletter.

Thank you to Sheila Rosenberg for her immense dedication to the Trust over 33 years.

Sheila is retiring as Chair of the Trust but we are delighted she will stay on as Honorary President.  Please click here for her interview about the Trust with Mary Simpson, who takes over as Chair from 1st January 2017.

Ruth Hayman Trust Stars

Karen Robertson from Derby College with two of the winning fundraisers, Vafa Aliyera and Esmael Salout. The English and Maths students from the St James Centre raised £437.55 for the Trust and became the winners of the £200 prize donated by ESB (the English Speaking Board).  The students promptly voted to donate their prize to CLIC Sargent, a local charity that supports young cancer sufferers and their families.  The learners raised the money by selling homemade food, dresses and other items.  Karen noted "the fundraising event has greatly helped improve their skills and confidence".

Please click here for Key Points for Annual Report 2015 - 16.

Thanks to all who entered.  We have a clear winner in Derby College raising a magnificent £437. 55p while the runners up were Walsall Adult and Community College with £385.  We raised over  £1800.  Many thanks to all staff and students who so enthusiastically supported the Challenge and to the English Speaking Board who generously provided the prize money.