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St Andrew’s URC raises record amount

Dr Lucy Furniss reports on her visit to Sylvia

Sylvia’s enjoys her Spring visit
Coffee morning success

Latest on Hearing Aid Project

Trustees and SWAG visits to Sylvia

New IT facilities now operational

Saturday 7 June at 7.30 pm:
Summer Concert at St Andrew’s URC, Roundhay. Admission by ticket only £7.50. Box Office: tel. 0113 2786802. See full details in advert on left.”



Read the Chairman's March 2014 Letter to Supporters (Here)



Hearing Aid Project

Improving the IT provision in Rangammal School

Sylvia's Day Centre project


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Welcome to the Sylvia Wright Trust

The Sylvia Wright Trust is a registered charity which supports the work of Sylvia Wright in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Sylvia sold her home and possessions in Leeds 32 years ago to work relentlessly and courageously among the sick and disabled in this very poor area of India.

Over the years, Sylvia has built and established a modern hospital, a school for deaf children, two centres for severely disabled children as well as running many vital community health projects. In 2009 she founded a Nursing College which reached its full complement of 80 nurses in July 2012.

The Trust, which is based in Leeds, comprises enthusiastic and committed volunteers who raise funds to support this work.

Sylvia's inspiring vision has changed the lives of thousands of sick and disabled people in the very poor southern state of Tamil Nadu. Your support for Sylvia's wonderful work is invited. Please let us know if you would like more information by clicking on the 'Contact' link at the top of this page or to make a donation please click on 'Donations'. Thank you.

Sylvia’s Easter Message

It would not be Easter without a message from Sylvia herself. She writes:

Once again Easter is nearly upon us. ‘Traditionally’ I am asked to send you, my friends, a message at both Christmas and Easter.
This is never easy but I am happy to share a few thoughts with you ‘friend to friend’.
India, as we all know, is a multi-religious society, with approximately 82% Hindu, 10% Muslim, 6% Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains etc. and approximately 2% are Christian – so it is a land of many festivals.
As my staff, patients, school and day care children are all of different religions – we celebrate them all! Every month we have at least one.
Easter, of course is especially important for us Christians. It is a lovely feast, full of meaning and significance. In the Russian Orthodox Church, the traditional greeting for each of the congregation is: ‘He is risen, with the reply: ‘He is risen indeed.’
How lovely, but - apart from the words – what does it really mean to you and me?
For me it means I renew and ponder on my efforts to live a life in the service of others less fortunate then myself. It is certainly not easy to ‘die to oneself’; I have never succeeded even with the grace of God!
But it is soon Easter and by His grace I can continue to try – so Happy Easter to you all.  


Sylvia continues her tireless work and sends her grateful thanks for your support. As she often says, "Without you I can do nothing."
The Trust wishes to thank all supporters for their continuing and loyal commitment.

Summer Concert
Saturday 7 June at 7.30 pm

St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church
Shaftesbury Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1DS

Sally Barnes & The Madrigal Group
Harrogate Male Voice Choir

Admission by ticket only
 £7.50 each including refreshments

Box Office:  Sue Wilson. tel. 0113 2786802     sylviawrightconcert@gmail.com
or: s.a.e. to SWT Box Office, 11 Sherbourne Drive,  LS6 4QX
All cheques & proceeds to The Sylvia Wright Trust





Rangammal School Magazine October - December 2013
This edition of the Rangammal School Magazine tells us about life at the school over the past three months. It is full of life, colour and celebration. Although the school itself has adequate but fairly basic facilities, it is very clear that the students are happy and thrive. In no small measure this is due to a very dedicated staff supported by generous sponsors from the UK. Because of all this, the children continue to make great progress educationally and socially. Their results are outstanding.

Please click this link

A Day in the Life
A video about a typical day at Rangammal School. Click here

One Day - in the Day Care Centre 2012-2013
This is the first edition of a magazine from one of Sylvia's two Day Centres.
The Day Care Centre for 34 severely disabled children was started in 2004.
It was founded by Sylvia Wright and is part of the Rangammal Memorial Rehabilitation Society.
It provides wonderful care specifically for mentally disabled children from small villages nearby.
The results are astonishing.

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Listen to Sylvia's inspiring interview on BBC Radio Leeds

Sylvia was interviewed in a live BBC Radio Leeds 'One on One' programme by Liz Green on 19 April 2012. During her interview Sylvia spoke of what led to her decision to go to India in 1982 and she reflected on her 30 years working in Tiruvannamalai. She also made personal choices of music which were played during the programme. A recording of this programme is available on CD. Please contact Tony Allinson or Tony Hartigan (see contact link at the top of this page) if you would like a free copy.

If your browsers has an MP3 player click here to listen to the interview
(it will take a few minute to open the page)


The Sylvia Wright Story on DVD (now with subtitles) and Online

A DVD telling the story of Sylvia Wright was produced in 2010. This can now be viewed online at: http://vimeo.com/31688074 The DVD has been produced free of cost to the Trust, thanks to two sponsors. We are also most grateful to the staff and students of Leeds Trinity University College who edited the film and provided the commentary. As well as graphic pictures of rural life in Thiruvannamalai, the DVD contains recent film of Sylvia's 220 bed hospital, her boarding school for 210 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children and the new Florence Nightingale School of Nursing which was officially opened in 2010. See News page for more details. Copies of the free DVD can be obtained from SWT DVD, 14 King's Road, Leeds LS16 9JN. Tel: 0113 2675735 or email chairman@sylviawright.org


Steve Bates of Ptarmigan Design (www.ptarmigan.co.uk) has now refreshed the content and appearance of our website.  Please take a look at the new features and tell us what you think. You may also have noticed our new logo at the top. We are most grateful to Steve for his professional advice and generous support.


Steve Bates (right) updating the new website with Tony Hartigan