Iolanthe Midwifery Trust
The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust is a national charity whose aim is to enhance the wellbeing of mothers, their babies and families by assisting the education and professional development of midwives in the UK. The name ‘Iolanthe’ comes from the origin of the finances used to set up the Trust in 1983 from the sale of Iolanthe House in South Kensington, London, previously the home of W.S. Gilbert of ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ fame. The Trust gives a range of grants and awards, with the best known being annual awards for qualified midwives to enhance their professional development through such activities as further education, travel and attendance at conferences; and support for student midwives to experience additional educational opportunities or undertake elective placements. In addition there are larger awards given from time to time to promote research and reward best practice within the field of midwifery and the maternity services. Since 1983, the Trust has supported hundreds of midwives and students, all of whom have expressed their appreciation at being selected by a unique charity run by midwives for midwives. The distinction of gaining an award has often given midwives a boost to morale and confidence that has helped them take their career forward and make a real difference to care for mothers and babies.