An MP for Wimbledon visited a college for the deaf in Sri Lanka, funded by a UK-based charity Helplanka.

Stephen Hammond spoke to the teaching staff and to a class of the deaf children through interpreters at St Joseph’s College for the Deaf in Ragama.

He has pledged to support Helplanka in fundraising for a special nationwide programme in Sri Lanka for Deaf and Blind children this Christmas.

He said: “I was very impressed with the level of services provided to the children and the dedication of the teaching staff. However I do believe that certainly more can be done on a permanent basis to help the children."

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