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Please help the Ruth Hayman Trust

Who was Ruth Hayman?

She was a lawyer in South Africa who fought for racial equality and was under house arrest for defending black people.

When she came to England she started up English language classes for adults who had come to live in England. When Ruth died in 1981 some teachers started a charity in her memory.

Who does the Trust help?

Adults who are:

  • over the age of 16 
  • with a first language other than English
  • who live in Britain
  • who cannot afford to study. 

In 2012-13 we helped 94 students from 40 countries to study courses such as medicine, English, computing, plumbing and interpreting.

How does the Trust help?

Most of the money we give is for course and exam fees but we also give some money for books and equipment such as knives for cookery and scissors for hairdressing.


Naima from Somalia gained a qualification with a grant from the Trust. This helped her to get a place at university to study pharmacy.

How much money does the Trust give away?

We give grants of up to £500. In 2012-13 the Trust gave away £19,989. 

Where does this money come from?

We raise this money ourselves. Some people give us money because they support what we do. We also hold many events such as concerts, sales of goods and food to raise money. Naima helped us raise money. She talked about how the Trust had helped to change her life. But our funds are very low. To continue helping people like Naima, we desperately  need to raise more money.

How can you help?

Please help by organising a fund-raising event in your college or in your community. We will give you a certificate to say ‘thank you’.