How do you start?

In some cases it may be possible for a Ruth Hayman Trustee to visit your class to talk to your students, using the attached materials. If not, all the materials you need to introduce the Trust and prepare for a fundraising activity are here and on the British Council NEXUS website. They include:  

  • Sample lesson plan (for another example of a lesson plan aimed at E2 see British Council NEXUS materials)
  • Worksheets 1-3 
  1. Reading exercise: ‘Please help the Ruth Hayman Trust’
  2. True/false exercise and answers 
  3. Vocabulary exercise: examples of ways to raise funds
  •   Sample photos of student fundraising events and the awarding of certificates

These materials have been used successfully with ESOL students from E2 to L1.

Teaching session/s
We advise that you prepare for this lesson using the materials on this website and the lessons on charities to be found on the British Council NEXUS website. The lesson plan is designed to be a guide and should be adapted for your students. It usually takes about an hour and a half including time for students to discuss and decide on the type of event and to start making practical plans for the actual fundraising activity. It is important that the students make the key decisions and take responsibility for the event. 




Reading activity ‘Please help the Ruth Hayman Trust’ followed by True/false exercise
Those who finish early may need a supplementary activity. You could use the Ruth Hayman Trust's most recent Annual Report.

Matching exercise to test understanding of fundraising vocabulary
You need to make cards. Students who finish early can think of other ways to raise funds. Demonstrate the difference between raffle and tombola by holding a mock raffle/tombola in the class. You’ll need to have a couple of small prizes.

Discussion about what to do
You could use the photos about what other classes have done to stimulate discussion. Lower levels may need to practise the structures for giving opinions, agreeing, disagreeing but the focus here should be on fluency not accuracy.

Reporting back/decisions
It has to be the students’ decision within the parameters of what is practical in the college/institution. In our experience students have always been very enthusiastic.

Future planning and the event 
Tasks include: designing publicity; talking to other classes/teachers about the event; deciding on who does what on the day; setting prices; ensuring health and safety. During the event the students should take responsibility for selling, collecting money, tidying up, etc. Please take photos of the event and get students’ permission to use the photos for publicity purposes.

After the event
The teacher should collect the money and send as soon as possible to the Trust either electronically or by cheque made payable to Ruth Hayman Trust and sent to The Ruth Hayman Trust, P O Box 17685, London N6 6WD. 

Please email to tell us about the event and to confirm you have sent the money. We are very happy to award certificates, which say thank you to the students and indicate the educational context in which they raised the money. To do this, we need the following information (by email please) to prepare certificates accurately:

    1. Full name of college or institution
    2. Exact amount of money raised
    3. Exact name/s of course/s followed and students’ names. Please check spelling carefully.
    4. Name and address of person to whom we should send the certificates.

We would love to receive any photos of your event with an assurance that you have participants’ permission.