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Grants are awarded five times per year.  

The next deadline for applications is 5 June 2018.

To apply, read our application guidelines then complete an application form and submit an academic reference.

Because of such high demand for our grants, we are not accepting applications for any university fees unless the course leads directly to employment.  We never give grants for PhDs. 

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The trust is run entirely by volunteers and we depend on donations to provide our vital grants. We need support more than ever in the light of education budget cuts and fee increases. 

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Give a learner a chance to improve their English or learn new skills

£25 can pay towards essential course equipment
£40 can pay an ESOL exam fee
£170 can cover an English exam fee to enter university
£350 can pay for one term's basic English  tuition

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The Big Walk for the Ruth Hayman Trust

Following in the footsteps of three pioneering fundraisers 21 years ago, a group of Ruth Hayman trustees and supporters will be doing a 140 mile sponsored walk along the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London.  Give them a great send off in Birmingham on Sunday 6 May at the beginning of the Big Walk, join them at any point along the route or in triumph in London on Saturday 19 May.  Let us know at if you are planning to join the walk.
Once the walk has started follow our blog from the towpath

Or organise your own big walk
If the Grand Union Canal doesn't pass through your area, feel free to organise your own walk – along another canal or wherever you fancy. If you're a teacher, invite your students along for a fantastic day out, walking and talking and raising money for a great cause. See instructions for walk organisers or email

For the risk assessment, click here.
To download teaching materials on walking, click here.

To help us reach our goal of £15,000, please sponsor the walkers and get your friends and family to support your fundraising efforts.  It's easy through or by cheque to Ruth Hayman Trust, POBox 17685, London N6 6WD.

To download the Big Walk leaflet, click here.

For further information email

With thanks to Ascentis who are sponsoring the transporting of walkers' packs.

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