HLMT Newsletter, September 2023

Dear HLMT supporter,

It’s been a busy period for HLMT, with a number of events scheduled in the coming months. Highlights (details in the attached newsletter)  include:

  • Two more students selected to receive HLMT grants at Esther Bacon in Zorzor, Liberia, bringing the number of students supported by HLMT to ten
  • Roger Williams running the Robin Hood Half Marathon on 24th September for HLMT – you can sponsor Roger
  • A Zumbathon on 2nd November organised by HLMT trustee Charmaine Daley – you can sponsor Charm
  • A live music evening on 24th November featuring 3 bands – book your tickets early
  • HLMT arts / crafts / plant stalls on 30th September, 14th October and 9th December

1. HLMT-sponsored students in Liberia

In July 2023 Patience Dee was selected to receive a HLMT grant to cover her student fees, accommodation and basic expenses for the 4-year degree course at a detailed student selection event at the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is one of fourteen children, comes from Grand Bassa and because her family could not afford to pay her school fees, worked part-time to complete her high school studies, which she achieved with good grades. Receiving a HLMT grant is “a dream come true.”

Lorpu Wolewu was selected to receive a HLMT grant at a further selection interview at Esther Bacon in early September. She is one of six children brought up by subsistence farmers in Massawu Town and the first family member to apply for university education – she was only able to accept a place with the help of the HLMT grant.

The addition of Patience and Lorpu brings to 10 the number of students who will be receiving HLMT grants in the academic year starting in September 2023. Much of this has only been possible due to HLMT supporters taking out Standing Orders, making donations and supporting the trust’s work in other ways.

2. Roger Williams is running the Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September

Roger is generously doing this, both to raise funds for HLMT and to show that he can do it. Wherever you are, you can sponsor HLMT supporter Roger Williams. You’ll find details of Roger’s run at:

Roger says, “The charity has achieved a great deal in a few short years and I’m very happy to make this effort on the Trust’s behalf.” Please spur Roger on and support HLMT by making a donation on his page.

3. Zumbathon fundraiser for HLMT Saturday 4th November 10.00am – 12.30p.m.

Charm, Daley, HLMT trustee and herself an experienced Zumba instructor, has recruited several other instructors to join her to lead the Zumbathon. It takes place at the main hall of the United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 3AA.
Join a group of awesome instructors for a sponsored dance party with heart! Get sponsored to dance! (No dance experience necessary!)

Tickets to join the Zumbathon are just £10 and you can book your place at There will be refreshments, a raffle and a Liberian Arts and Crafts Stall.

If you’re unable to attend, you can sponsor Charm’s Zumbathon by going to

4. Live music evening with three local bands 24th November at 7.30 p.m.

Main Hall, United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 3AA. The bands are:

– Jelly: Feel-good, foot-tapping sounds from across the decades

– Pitch and Mix: Award-winning a capella choir with classic songs old and new

– Strawberry Jammers: A feast of folk, a hint of blues and a little bit of rock and roll

Bring your own drinks, glasses and snacks

Tickets £10 in advance, available at or £12 on the door. A chance to meet friends and indulge in some seasonal retail therapy! There’s HLMT’s Liberian Arts and Crafts Stall with Greetings cards, Traditional Liberian Lapa fabric arts and crafts.

5. Upcoming HLMT Arts/Crafts/Plants Stalls

a) Saturday 30th September 2:00 – 4:30 HLMT has been invited to a Christian Aid Fund Raising Event

St Martins Church, Trevose Gardens, Sherwood, NG5 3FU. Expect Musical Interludes, a Mini Market, Tombola, Church Home Produce stall, Free Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Cake and….. HLMT’s Arts, Crafts, Preserves and Plants stall!

b) HLMT stalls at Sherwood Vegan Market, Saturday 14th October and Saturday 9th December

Two opportunities to get your Christmas shopping done early AND support HLMT ‘s Liberian Arts and Crafts Stall at Sherwood United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood NG5 3AA.

Arts, Crafts and Plants Greetings cards and gifts, Liberian Lapa fabric arts and crafts, jewellery, plants, home-made preserves and more…

6. Recent HLMT events

a) HLMT stall at Sherwood Arts Week Saturday 17th June 2023

HLMT ran a crafts stall at Sherwood Art Week Secret Garden Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a very warm Saturday. Lots of stalls, and a relaxed, happy atmosphere. Over £210 was raised for grants to Liberian midwifery students.

b) HLMT stall at The Garage Sunday Market, Chilwell Sunday 25th June 2023

On Sunday 25th June we ran an arts and crafts stall at the Garage Sunday Market. A lovely venue on a hot, humid day. We raised a lot of interest in the trust, and over £180 towards grants for student midwives in Liberia.

c) HLMT stall at Nottingham Green Festival in the Arboretum Sunday 10th September 2023

At the time of going to press, the festival was about to take place. An update in our next newsletter.

7. Shop online via Easyfundraising and automatically raise funds for HLMT

Simply sign up with Easyfundraising by creating an account (it’s free) and then choose The Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust as your good cause. Each time you shop via a Google search or go to a website linked to Easyfundraising links with, a “Donation Link” tab automatically appears.  If you click on this it takes you to the site you want to look at and when you buy anything, a small percentage goes to HLMT. It’s as easy as that.

Please give it a go and help raise funds for midwifery training!

The amount raised per online transaction may be small, but the amount raised by those who’ve signed up to Easyfundraising is already well over £100. Please encourage all your family, friends and contacts to sign up and to nominate The Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust as their chosen cause.

8. Standing orders, donations and bequeaths in wills

HLMT aims to increase the number of Liberian midwifery students it sponsors from year to year. The mainstay of our fundraising is the regular Standing Orders and one-off donations from supporters, which are crucial to our work and for which we are so grateful. We continue to fundraise, however we have a long way to go before we are financially sustainable into the future.

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 could 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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