OAKLEY OVERSEAS: PAST AND PRESENT
One of many happy meetings on the Oakley Centenary Day was that between Layla who is a medical student and Graham Davey one of Oakley’s leading officers in the 1950s and 60s.
Graham was the first Oakley officer to work in a developing country when he and his wife Valerie travelled to work for two years in Arusha, Tanzania in 1958. On his return Graham, a mathematics teacher, worked at Heanor Grammar School in Derbyshire and then focussed on bringing up their three children whilst Valerie became involved in local politics and was subsequently elected the MP for Bristol West from 1997 to 2005.
Oakley’s connection with the St. Luke’s Leprosy Hospital began in 2007 when Lythamer Ed visited the school during a work experience placement in India which was part of his dentistry course at Liverpool University.
Kathy Miller, the founder of the Neem Tree Trust which supports St. Luke’s, has visited Oakley in 2013 and 2018 to talk about the work of the Hospital and Oakley has made regular donations, largely as the result of Boaris and Megabucks who have eaten up thousands of coins after tuck shop.
Graham visited the Centenary Day on his way back from the Summer Gathering of the Gandhi Foundation, a residential week involving those committed to continuing the work of the renowned Indian leader. Graham is a Trustee and the Treasurer of the foundation - details www.gandhifoundation.org
Layla and Graham are pictured here with the national flag of Tanzania at Bilton Grange, just two hours before Layla set off from Oakley for her three and half weeks in India. You can read of her experiences there by clicking the link below.