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Sylvia Wright Trust

Sylvia Wright trained as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary and after a spell as a Senior Nursing Officer looking after Community Health in the inner city in Leeds, she became a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Becket University). She sold her home and possessions in 1982 to work relentlessly and courageously among the sick and disabled in a poor area of Tamil Nadu State in 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 which reached its full complement of 80 nurses in July 2012 and has recently been adopted by the government.

We are proud to be a strong supporter of Sylvia and her work. We have assisted in a number of ways over the years and recently we have funded the creation of one of the first hydro-therapy pools in India at the new Sylvia Wright Day Centre for severely disabled children in Tamul Nadu, Southern India. We raised $10,000 which was match-funded by others within Rotary, ultimately totaling $35,000. The pool is much used by all – for therapy, play and relaxation.

Here is a video showing some of their work including the pool we funded

The Club has long been a supporter of Leeds-born Sylvia Wright – see for more information on the charity and their work.

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