HLMT Newsletter, October 2022

Two November concerts and Christmas cards/gifts on offer from HLMT

Dear supporters,

You’ll be glad to know that HLMT activities have continued apace over the past few months. The eight midwifery students in Zorzor, Liberia, who are receiving HLMT grants, have all started their new academic year in September. Three fundraising events have raised around £2,500 for the trust. And the merchandise group have been hard at work creating new cards and crafts, which are available online and at events from our merch stall.

1. Boots Orchestra Nottingham Concert, Saturday 19th November 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

The Boots Orchestra is performing a concert at St Mark’s Church, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe, Nottingham NG5 4PH to raise funds for HLMT.

Megumi Rolfe, the brilliant soloist in residence with the Boots Orchestra, will be playing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor. The programme will also include the Overture to “Mirella” by Gounod, Masquerade from “The Merchant of Venice” by Sullivan; Pavane by Faure;  and a selection from the opera “Henry VIII” by Saint-Saens.

Tickets are only £6.50 & can be purchased in advance online at  or on the door. There will be a HLMT card and craft stall and drinks and refreshments, including mince pies!

2. Stanley Accrington and Strawberry Jammers, Friday 25th November 2022 at 7.30 the Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, Nottingham NG2 5DX.

A HLMT supporter, Dave Pratt, has arranged this concert to raise funds for HLMT. Stanley Accrington is a wonderfully funny and clever singer-songwriter, and Strawberry Jammers are a great local band. Google them to listen to them and find out more!

Dave has already signed up a lot of his family and friends. Rather than sell tickets, Dave is asking those who go to the concert to make a contribution. There are a few places still left at this stage, so if you’d like to go, email Dave soon before seats are all taken.

3. Sherwood Vegan Market, Saturday 12th November 2022 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

There will be a HLMT stall at the market with a full range of cards, crafts preserves and indoor and outdoor plants. The market is at the Sherwood United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Nottingham NG5 3AA. We hope to see you there. Further details at

4. Woodthorpe Park Christmas Market, Saturday 3rd December 2022 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This takes place at the Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop, Woodthorpe Drive, Nottingham NG5 4HA. HLMT will have a stall at the market with the full range of our cards, crafts preserves and indoor and outdoor plants on it. Please come along, say hello and see what there is to see and buy for your family and friends.

5. Cards and Crafts

There is a new range to cards and crafts to add to our existing merchandise. Examples of the cards and bunting are shown below. To browse or buy from our extensive range of cards and crafts, please go to our online shop, or come to one of the events above.

6. Recent events

a) Mistakes Party 3rd September 2022

Nottingham HLMT supporters Paula Brady and Bob Blatchford organised a hugely successful ‘Mistakes Party” for HLMT. They gave over their house to fill most rooms full of items that friends and HLMT supporters had donated. And on the day many dozens of people came to enjoy their hospitality and food, and to support HLMT by buying many of the items that had been gifted.

The Mistakes Party raised over £1,200, which is absolutely tremendous. Huge thanks to Paula and Bob for all the work they put in to making the event such a success. The amount raised will pay for more than a year’s training costs for one midwifery trainee in Liberia. Wonderful!

b) Celebration of the life of Phil O’Keefe, Tynemouth, 4th September 2022

HLMT trustees Pete and Stella were asked to speak about the trust at this event, attended by around 150 people. Supporters may remember that, when Phil died in 2020, his family and friends donated around £5000 to HLMT in his memory.

Stella and Pete also brought with them a selection of HLMT merchandise to display at a small stall and managed to raise £330 for HLMT. Big thanks to Di Jelley and her family for organising this special event in memory of their partner/father/brother.

c) Nottingham Green Festival, 11th September 2022

The Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust set up a great crafts and plants stall at the Green Festival, which attracted good crowds to a large, well-organised, friendly event. Many people came to the HLMT stall to browse and buy crafts and produce and to talk with HLMT people.

The stall raised over £900, sufficient to fund the study and accommodation fees of one Liberian midwifery student for a year. Big thanks to everyone who helped before and on the day. They include HLMT trustees Carol (who provided most of the massive collection of plants), Celia (who coordinated HLMT’s effort), Nick, Pete, Pippa, Roger and Stella; and HLMT supporters Annette, Jane, Linda, Liz and Michael.

7. 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 We depend on this regular income to do our work –  during the Covid period this has been crucial.

Our overheads are minimal, there are no paid staff and all the funds we raise are used to fund the training costs of student midwives in Liberia. If you have not already done so, it would be tremendous if you can please set up a Standing Order, no matter how small or large.  Please return the form to us and not to your bank.

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!

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

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