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New DVD celebrates nurse

A new film about a former Leeds nurse, Sylvia Wright OBE, has been launched on DVD

By on Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Sylvia Wright her sold her possessions and travelled to India in 1982

Sylvia Wright her sold her possessions and travelled to India in 1982

A new film about Sylvia Wright has been launched on DVD.

The film tells the story of former Leeds nurse, Sylvia Wright OBE, whose inspiring vision and dedicated service has changed the lives of thousands of poor, sick and disabled people in the rural community of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, South India.

The Sylvia Wright Story DVD has been sponsored by two supporters and produced by the Leeds-based Sylvia Wright Trust. Most of the filming, done by a supporter in India, was edited by students from the media studies department of Leeds Trinity University College.

The 20-minute DVD is introduced by Sylvia Wright herself who talks about her early life in Leeds and her decision to sell all her possessions and go alone to India in 1982.

“Nothing could have prepared me for the shock of moving from the UK to a totally different life and for the poverty and deprivation I found,” says Miss Wright.
“The area was very poor and health provision was totally inadequate and often non-existent.”

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 on November 16. Copies of the DVD have been sent to Sylvia Wright supporters.

Tony Allinson, chairman of the Sylvia Wright Trust, says: “I know that the DVD will give you a clear and accurate impression of Sylvia’s projects in Thiruvannamalai. Her achievements are amazing and are a credit to her faith, determination and relentless hard work as well as to your loyal support over the last 29 years.”