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The BIG Story challenge – and the winners are . . .

The BIG Story challengeThe BIG Story challenge was launched in March, at the start of the pandemic, to enable people to use their enforced leisure wisely whilst at the same time raising funds for SIGBI’s Empowering Girls in Nepal project. For more information see the BIG Story Website.

Hundreds of stories made their way into Chora-Chori’s inbox, all of which needed to be read and judged. Who knew that so many Soroptimists are also authors, able to inspire and move their readers with their impassioned words and tales of their adventures.

£20,765 was raised for the project by Soroptimists. Congratulations to everyone who took part. The winners of each category will receive Amazon vouchers to the value of £200 first prize, £100 second prize and £50 third prize with other runners up receiving £25 vouchers.

In the next few months, the winning stories will be recorded by celebrities so we all look forward to that.

Here are the results of the competition:


1st June Money – SI Guernsey – “Memories of an Occupation”
2nd Laxmi Parasuram – SI South Kolkata – “Memories of a Girl Child”
3rd equal Helen Lyth – SI Dunfermline – “Primary School Memories in the Highlands of Kenya” and

Pam Cheesley-Hollinshead – Joint Regional President SI Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral – “Charlie Boy”

4th equal Caroline Auckland – SI Tunbridge Wells, President Elect – “The Hungry Shopper”

Jennifer Neville – SI Keighley – “A Sky Full of Clouds”

5th equal Irene Hockin – SI Barnstaple (and Vice President South West & Channel Islands) Untitled and

Barbara Brown – SI Darlington “Holiday in Nice 1960”

6th equal Carole Evans – SI Fishguard – “Risks and Care Takers” and

Enid Hinton – SI Solihull – “An Act of Kindness”

TOP SPONSORSHIPS (including matching and Gift Aid):

Sandra Dieffenthaller, SI San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago – £2,972.50

Maureen Thompson, SI Heswall – £2,802.50

Sue Savill, SI Taunton  £1,248.75


Many Congratulations to all the BIG Story Winners