Sylvia's dream of opening a Nursing College alongside her hospital for the poor and her school for profoundly deaf children in Thiruvannamalai in Southern India has come true.
The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing was officially opened in 2011 in the presence of representatives of the local community and trustees Tony Allinson, Anne-Marie Rose, Tony Hartigan along with Bernadette Barnes (SWAG) and Tom Cullinan (a supporter from Oldham) who were on a ten day visit from the UK. The full complement of 80 Student Nurses has now been reached and the first intake of 20 nurses all passed their final exams.
Opening ceremony with (L to R) :
Tony Allinson (Chairman SWT), Dr. M. Rajendran
(District Collector Thiruvannamalai), Sylvia Wright OBE, Mrs V. Senthamizh Selvi (Senior Tutor), Mr N. Vijayan
(Manager RMR Hospital)
The student nurses follow the curriculum of the Indian Nursing Council leading to the diploma. This is similar to the UK diploma but also emphasises practical patient care in Sylvia’s hospital, other local clinics and in the poor village communities of Tamil Nadu. The students are expertly taught by 8 full-time teaching staff assisted by vistiting lecturers.
Student nurses taking their oaths
The students pay a modest annual fee which covers their tuition and accommodation. This is still a major sacrifice for their families whose income is very low. Some bursaries have been made available.The college buildings have been funded by the Sylvia Wright Trust at a total cost of £190,000. Donations to the Bursary Fund are always welcome. Please contact Tony Allinson.
Tony Allinson, Chairman of the Sylvia Wright Trust, said:
“The college is tremendous value for money. The college is now self-financing and will produce a regular supply of nurses who will have both formal qualifications and Sylvia’s magic ingredient of real, committed, patient care. This will be a wonderful legacy for the future, a jewel in the crown”.