This morning the School Council presented a very inspirational and informative assembly on the life and work of Sylvia Wright. Sylvia was a nurse from Leeds who in 1982 sold all her possessions and travelled to India to help those less fortunate. We heard how during the following 36 years Sylvia with the help of her team has set up a 180 bed charity hospital, a residential school for over 200 profoundly deaf children, 2 day centres for 80 severely disabled children and a nursing college for 60 students.
St. Paul's has for many years sponsored two children who attend the School for the deaf in India and Mrs Mercer shared Christmas cards and thank you letters that had been sent to the school. We also heard of the superb progress the two students have made whilst at the school and continue to make as they grow older.
Our student council then introduced to us Pachaiyappan (boy) and Kaviya (girl), the two new students at the school for the deaf, that St. Paul's will now sponsor.
Sylvia recently celebrated her 80th birthday and the student council led us in prayer, thanking God for all that she has achieved (a true inspiration to us all) and asking for God's help in encouraging people, giving them the strength and faith to help others in whatever way they can.