The Sylvia Wright Trust is a charity that supports the work of Sylvia Wright in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Sylvia, a nurse from Leeds, sold everything she owned and left the UK in 1982 to work relentlessly and courageously with the sick and disabled in this poor area of India.
Over the years, Sylvia has built a 180 bed charity hospital, a residential school for 210 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, a nursing college for 60 stucents as well as running many community health projects.
In 2017 following improvements in State health provision, the hospital was transferred to a group of Indian doctors. The two day centres for disabled children were replaced by one purpose built centre in the grounds of the school for the hearing impaired and the nursing college increased its student number to 120.
Through your donations Sylvia’s work continues to improve the lives of so many.
The Sylvia Wright Trust has 12 members with a range of backgrounds, skills and faiths. There are no paid staff. The Trusts primary objective is to raise funds and by keeping expenses to a minimum, we are able to send 97 pence out of every pound raised to India.
Currently the Trust sends to Sylvia £200,000 each year to subsidise revenue costs and over the years the Trust has also funded virtually all equipment costs for the school, hospital, day centres and nursing college.
Patrons of the Trust include the Abbott of Ampleforth, The Bishop of Leeds, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Chairman of Leeds Methodist District, Leeds Hindu Temple and the Moderator of URC Yorkshire Province. The support network, including many churches, school groups and individual benefactors, reflects a true spirit of Christian co-operation and unity Funds are raised via standing orders, sponsorship, legacies, one off donations and the sale of Christmas cards. Gift Aid also generates income.