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Sylvia celebrates her 78th birthday

ETC Foundation stone laid

Rangammal School website launched

Mrs Kasthuri retires

16 February SWAG 12.30pm for 1.00pm start in Holy Name Parish Hall, LS16 6HW.

31 March Trust Meeting. Time and venue to be announced.





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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 35 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 180 bed modern hospital, a residential school for 200 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, a Nursing College for 80 students as well as running many community health projects. The two day centres are to be replaced in 2016 by a purpose-built Education & Therapy Centre for 100 children in the grounds of Rangammal School.

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'.
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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.

A Truly Remarkable Woman.

To read the feature article ‘Sylvia WrightA truly remarkable woman by Julie Marshall published in the YEP on Tuesday 28 July 2015 please click here


Education & Therapy Centre


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

After long deliberations, a new day centre is to be built for the disabled children in Sylvia’s care. Building started in January and is scheduled to be completed in October 2016. The ETC, in the grounds of the school, will accommodate
100 children with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and other mental and physical difficulties. It is being designed to provide space, light and colour and a stimulating environment. There will be 9 classrooms (some with sensory, music and art facilities) and also a physiotherapy room. Each classroom will have its own toilet, shower facilities and outside play area. It is hoped that there will also be a small therapy pool. The ETC is being championed by Miss Lee Morgan, an osteopath from San Francisco, who has been raising money in the USA and has been working on its design. Lee has been visiting India for more than a decade to work with local children. Tereza Heckenberger from Munich has also joined the team. She is an expert in methods of rehabilitation and education of disabled children.


Tereza Heckenberger & Lee Morgan

Specific UK donations are also supporting the project, topped up by a legacy. Several West Yorkshire Rotary Clubs are planning to fund equipment. It will be a marvellous service to the children and their families in the absence of any other worthwhile provision for their care, development, dignity and happiness. Tony Allinson accompanied Sylvia and Lee Morgan to meet the architect in Bangalore during his visit to India in November.

ETC Design Work in progress in Bangalore


Rangammal School Magazine October – December 2015
The latest edition of the Rangammal School Magazine tells us about life at the school over the past few months. The pages are full of life, colour and celebration. Although the school itself has adequate but fairly basic facilities, it is very clear that the deaf 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..

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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.

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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 (tony.hartigan@talktalk.net)