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Grants are awarded five times per year.  

The next deadline for applications is 23 August 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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£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

Congratulations to the amazing walkers who have now completed the walk along the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London - they reckon it was 145, not 140 miles.   Gomathi Panchapagesan, Elizabeth Knight, Mary Simpson, Paul Hoggart walked the whole way in just under 2 weeks, Sally Staples and Jane Wilson walked half way each and Judith Nicholson walked 65 miles in between teaching duties.   Read their blog from the towpath
The prize for the greatest achievement goes to Stephanie Jones who sped along the whole way in a week!
Thank you to all those who have donated very generously so far.   We are still some way off our target of £15,000 and there is still time till August to donate to the Big Walk.

Or 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, PO Box 17685, London N6 6WD.

To download the Big Walk leaflet, click here.

For further information email

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

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