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The latest edition of the Rangammal School Magazine celebrates with a Special Jubilee Issue. 1992 -2017

2017 Christmas Cards now available. Please click here for details and an order form.

Sylvia returns to India
Hospital developing well
Gap Students return to UKHigh Flying Trio back to earth: video and report

Thursday 19 October: Trust Meeting 2pm St Andrew’s URC.




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Anna Crystal and some Rangammal School pupils use the Hear the World symbol placing their hands behind their ears.”

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 in 1982, 35 years ago, to work relentlessly and courageously among the sick and disabled in this very poor area of India.
Over the years Sylvia built and established a 180 bed charity hospital, a residential school for 200 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, a Nursing College for 60 students as well as running many community health projects.

The Hospital has for some time been coming under (welcome) pressure, as government provision has at long last improved. The poorer patients now have genuine provision at free local clinics and the new
Government Medical Centre hospital in the town. The better off patients have several options through a range of commercial providers.
After much thought and prayer, Sylvia has decided to withdraw from medical services and to hand over the hospital to a group of Indian doctors. They are safeguarding the jobs of Sylvia’s faithful staff and continuing an element of charitable work for poor patients.
Sylvia, understandably, feels some sadness at this development but also a great relief that this major aspect of her journey is nearing completion. She has successfully bridged a gap in medical provision for thousands of poor, sick and disabled people for over 35 years.
To read Sylvia’s letter to supporters explaining her decision please click here
Over these years there have been many “miracles” surrounding Sylvia’s work and another small miracle is the coincidence of the timing of her new Integrated Education & Therapy Day Centre for severely disabled children.
The two dilapidated (borrowed) day centres were replaced in March 2017 by a purpose-built Integrated Education & Therapy Centre for 100 disabled children in the grounds of Rangammal School. The official opening will be on 18 November 2017.

The Sylvia Wright Trust, which is based in Leeds, comprises enthusiastic and committed volunteers who raise funds to support all 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 continuing 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'.
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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.

Photograph by kind permission of the Yorkshire Evening Post. July 2015.

To read the feature article
“Sylvia offers a ray of hope for India’s disabled children”
published in the Catholic Universe on 20 May 2016 please click here


Education & Therapy Centre

This new architect-designed centre has now replaced the two former temporary centres for severely disabled children. It accommodates 100 children. Building work started on 21 January 2016, Sylvia’s 78th birthday, and was completed in March 2017. This dream has now become a reality although we still require more specialist staff, furniture and equipment. The Official Opening will take place in November 2017.

Planning and fund-raising have been led by Lee Morgan, an osteopath from San Francisco, who made a video a few years ago setting out the need and vision for the future.
Please spare a few minutes to watch this moving film entitled:


Video on YouTube: enter - Sylvia Wright Ray of Hope -    or CLICK HERE

planThe new Centre has now been built but still requires landscaping, specialist furniture and equipment.

Latest Magazine from Rangammal School – June-September 2017
The latest edition of the Rangammal School Magazine celebrates with a special Jubilee Issue. 1992 -2017

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A Day in the Life
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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.

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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


We are most grateful to Steve Bates of Ptarmigan Design (www.ptarmigan.co.uk) for all his help in looking after our website which we update each month. Please send any suggestions, news items and photos for inclusion to Tony Hartigan (swtpublicity@outlook.com)