HLMT Newsletter Autumn 2021

As HLMT supporters you will be glad to hear that a lot has happened in the past couple of months and that more is planned for the rest of the year. This newsletter includes news of:

  • An evening of Live Music on Saturday 27th November 2021 – 3 bands and HLMT stall;
  • New HLMT cards and merchandise available on our online outlets in time for Christmas and other occasions;
  • HLMT stalls at Christmas Markets on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021 following a successful Green Festival;
  • Developments at the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery in Zorzor, Liberia  – four students selected to receive HLMT grants from 2021-222, in addition to the two students already receiving grants.

1. An evening of Live Music on Saturday 27th November 2021

On Saturday November 27th 7.30 p.m. (doors open 7.00) HLMT are organising an evening of LIVE MUSIC in Nottingham, a chance to meet friends and an opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy. There will be THREE local bands:

Ajar: songs and tunes from English, Celtic and American traditions

Strawberry Jammers: folk, blues, rock’n’roll

Lowered Tones: Jazz, blues and more…

The event takes place at the URC Hall, 1, Edwards Lane, Sherwood NG5 3AA.

Our Arts and Crafts Stall will be selling greetings cards, Liberian Lapa fabric arts and crafts, jewellery and more.

To minimise health risks, ticket numbers are limited to 60 (around half the permitted seated capacity). Tickets (£10 each) from  .

Full event details on the poster.

2. New HLMT cards and merchandise

Ideal for Christmas and other occasions: HLMT trustees and supporters have created a whole new range of cards and artifacts. These can be found on the HLMT online shops at  or search eBay for “HLMTcharityshop”. Please browse what’s on offer and buy what you like, and receive it postage-free.

HLMT Etsy site

3. HLMT stalls at events on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021

There are two Nottingham-based pre-Christmas markets at which HLMT will have our arts and crafts stall, selling handmade greetings cards, Liberian Lapa fabric arts and crafts, and jewellery.

  • Saturday 4th December from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.: Woodthorpe Park Christmas Market.

Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop, Woodthorpe Drive, Nottingham, NG5 4HA;

  • Sunday 5th December from 12.00 midday: Welfare Christmas Market,

The Welfare, Park Road, Bestwood Village NG6 8TQ.

We look forward to seeing and catching up with many HLMT supporters at both of these events.

HLMT stall at Nottingham Green Festival

HLMT ran a really successful stall at the Nottingham Green Festival in September, a really well run and joyous event. HLMT sold over £1,100 of products on the day, which will fund half of one trainee midwife’s 3-year training – that’s fantastic!

If you can, please help make the HLMT stall at the Christmas Markets on 4th and 5th December equally successful!

4. Developments at the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery

As we reported in our August newsletter, thanks to the generosity of HLMT supporters, we were able to offer HLMT grants to four new students in the 2021-2022 intake. Esther Bacon held selection exams and interviews in September 2021. Abdul-rahman Bah represented HLMT on the interview panel and four students with very good academic records,who would not have been able to afford to study without a grant, were selected to receive HLMT grants to cover their course fees, accommodation and initial set-up costs. They are Dorcus Akoi, Victoria Ballah, Janet Davis and Benetta Kesselly.

Suah Valai and Aminata Sumanie

They began their studies in late September, and joined the two students who had started in 2020-2021 with HLMT grants, Aminata Sumanie and Suah Valai. Aminata and Suah have just received their academic grades for their first year, which are really excellent. We look forward to supporting these students during the next year and monitoring their progress.

5. Standing orders, donations and bequeaths in wills

HLMT plans are to increase the number of Liberian midwifery students it sponsors from year to year. A key basis of our fundraising is the regular Standing Orders and one-off donations from supporters, for which we are so grateful. Whilst we hope that all of our supporters have long and happy lives, we would also be very grateful if you feel able to include HLMT in your will! For now, it would be tremendous if you can please set up a Standing Order, no matter how small or large, if you have not already done so. . Please return the form to us and not to your bank.

We depend on this regular income to do our work – in the last Covid-limited year, this has been crucial. Our overheads are minimal,  there are no paid staff and the funds we raise are used to fund the training midwives in Liberia. 

As always, a massive “thank you” to everyone who supports the work of The Helen Loewenstein Memorial   Helen would be astonished but very proud at what is being achieved in her memory.



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