The Fifty Fifty Folk Festival Saturday 13th June 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

This brilliant virtual festival, with SIX great artists on the folk & festival circuit ,was organised by Roger Williams, with help and inputs from Stella Nickolay, Carol McCormick and Pete Loewenstein, all HLMT trustees.

The event was viewed by several hundred people, and £2,200 was raised, split 50/50 between the musicians performing and the Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust

HLMT would like to thank Roger for his creation and work, and all the musicians who performed – Kirsty Merryn, Pete Morton, Katy and Mike from Truckstop Honeymoon, Louise Jordan, Greg Russell and Dave and Kip from Winter Wilson (in the order they performed.)

HLMT Annual General Meeting, 22nd April 2020

The trustees of the Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust met on 22nd April 2020 via Zoom software, to scrutinise, discuss and agree the annual report and accounts for the period February 2019 to 31st March 2020.

The HLMT Annual Meeting 2020, using Zoom

Thanks were given to so many magnificent HLMT supporters and to trustees for a sound first year and for all the work put in including running stalls and events, card making, banner making, organising and supporting music evenings, gaining sponsorship, drafting and reviewing policies and procedures, grant applications, liaison with Liberia, finance and investment strategy, accounts, and fundraising. The meeting concluded that the trustees and key supporters have been a good team, supported by sound leadership.

Saturday 14th March, 12 to 6 p.m. Rough Trade African Market

A brilliant African Market despite the impact of Coronavirus, thanks to the enterprise of Aisha, Saz and the SHEAfriq collective. The HLMT sold £177.50 worth of products, so over £150 towards midwifery-training funds. Thank you to Pippa for arranging the HLMT stall. In order of appearance (!) many thanks to Roger, Stella, Pete, Chris, Suzanna, Ros, Jayney, Denise and Julian for staffing the HLMT stall over a long, enjoyable day.

Sunday, 8th March 2020 IWD Nottingham Secular Society meeting

HLMT had a stall, and Carol and Stella spoke about the Helen and the Trust’s work at the excellent International Women’s Day gathering organised by Nottingham Secular Society. The other inspirational speakers were London-based human rights lawyer Ana González, Megan Manson, National Secular Society campaigns officer, Yasmin Rehman, Chief Executive Officer at Juno Women’s Aid and Lillian Greenwood, Nottingham South M.P. And the HLMT raised £175 towards midwifery training at the meeting.

Musical Fundraiser for the HLMT Saturday 7th March 2020

A wonderful night of entertainment! Brilliant singing from Rosa’s Lovely Daughters and Angela Warren accompanied by Paul Quinn; and powerful poems, readings and presentations from Angie Mindel, Carol McCormick and Stella Nickolay. A sell-out audience rocked to the Midwives’ Song and to “Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves” at the end of a brilliant evening on the eve of International Women’s Day. And HLMT had a stall staffed by Celia, Carol and Stella. Result of the evening – a magnificent £1500 raised for HLMT – which will fund a grant to a trainee midwife for two years! Fantastic! Thank you Rosa’s Lovely Daughters xx

Cycle Stall Saturday March 7th 2020

HLMT trustee Nick and HLMT supporter Mossop spent a day at a vegan market at Sneinton Market selling and repairing cycles. They donated the £50 profit made during the day to HLMT funds. This will pay for accommodation for a trainee midwife for a semester

Past Events – 2019

Broxtowe Christmas Lights switch ons November 2019

Stalls at two events organised by HLMT Trustee, Celia. She raised £187.

One Off Art Sale stall November 2019

Organised by HLMT Trustee, Stella, and staffed by HLMT Trustees Carol, Celia, Pippa, Nick and Roger with supporters Angel and Leonie. It raised £175.

“Music for Liberian Midwives” October 2019

Organised by Julie, a friend of Helen’s family, and Roger, a HLMT Trustee, etc. It raised £1200 .

Helen Janiszewski Robin Hood Half Marathon September 2019

Helen, who was Helen Loewenstein’s mentor and midwife colleague, trained for and completed her first-ever half-marathon specifically to raise funds for the Trust. She raised £900.

Green Festival Stall September 2019

Staffed by three HLMT trustees, Carol, Celia and Pippa. It raised £370.

Celia Knight – Suffolk Coastal walk June 2019

Celia, a HLMT trustee and life-long friend of Helen’s, completed this tough 90-mile walk in atrocious gales and thunderous rains in June. She raised £1500.

“Madwives” planned walk

A group of Helen’s midwife colleagues organised a trip to Malaga in Spain to walk El Caminito del Rey – known in the past as the “world’s most dangerous walkway”. To their huge disappointment, when they arrived on the day, very high winds forced the closure of the Caminito. They are determined to return next year to complete the walk. They raised £3000.

Stall at Celebration of Helen’s Life February 2019

Staffed by two HLMT trustees, Celia and Stella. It raised £270.