Sophie with Nikki Twallin and Dr. David McCormick at King’s

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A pupil from Dover has donated her winnings to the London Hospital competition which saved her life.

Sophie Châu, from Dover Grammar School for Girls, won a competition organized by the Rotary Club of Canterbury last March.

He challenged students to think about how life might change in the future and write a message to their “future selves” to be delivered 25 years from now.

When Sophie found out she had won the top prize of £250, she decided to donate her winnings to Kings’ Hospital in London after neurosurgery in 2019.

Just before the first confinement, when she was only nine years old, Sophie contracted meningitis. When complications arose, she had to be transferred to London Hospital from the William Harvey in Ashford.

Rotarian Brian Dobinson presents awards to Sophie and Jessica

After receiving her award from Rotarian Brian Dobinson, Sophie traveled to King’s and met with her consultant neurologist, Dr. David McCormick, and community fundraiser Nikki Twallin.

She was thrilled to learn that her donation was going to be spent on pediatric neurology.

It will be used to help children who have experienced the same loss of mobility and difficulty moving limbs after a brain illness or injury or surgery she has undergone.


Sophie was fortunate to regain mobility on her left side after her therapy, but many children struggle much longer, unable to regain full mobility or losing strength.

Sophie’s parents are grateful to the Rotary Club of Canterbury and DGGS for allowing her to have this experience and say it has been the best therapy for her.

Form tutor Miss Porter said Sophie is a real role model for the school.