Uncle Dave runs to the rescue

RUN Dave Wheeler prepares for the run. Inset his niece Yasmine Kent.   Picture: Steve Reid 113678-5819
RUN Dave Wheeler prepares for the run. Inset his niece Yasmine Kent. Picture: Steve Reid 113678-5819
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WHEN Yasmine Kent became a member of Stars in the Sky, it changed her life.

The 19-year-old suffers from learning difficulties and the Fareham-based charity helps her to meet other people and to socialise.

Yasmine Kent

Yasmine Kent

But it is now under the threat from closure due to a lack of funding.

Seeing how much pleasure it gives Yasmine, her uncle, Dave Wheeler, decided to run the Great South Run in a bid to raise cash for the charity.

Dave, from Sapphire Close in Gosport, said: ‘I think Stars is absolutely superb. They get people with learning difficulties socialising.

‘One of the problems Yasmine has is socialising and mingling with other people. She doesn’t like crowds.

‘The more money they can get, the better it will be.’

Yasmine, from Western Way in Alverstoke, has been a member of the group for 18 months.

She is going to cheer her uncle on when he takes on the Great South Run.

She said: ‘It’s really good. I want Stars to stay open. It’s good because it gets your confidence up.’

Yasmine’s mum Jane, 47, said: ‘It helps her achieve goals that she probably wouldn’t normally be able to achieve.

‘It’s trivial things that most of us take for granted like going to the shop or getting on a bus.

‘It builds up her confidence. It gives her a small circle of friends which she has never had before. It helps her build relationships.

‘She adores going there. The staff are fantastic.’

Dave has been running for years but only got back into it again more recently.

‘I just get a great satisfaction from it,’ he said.

‘It’s a sense of achievement if you managed to do what you set out to do.

‘Each time you do a race you try to beat your time before.

‘And it’s about the different people you meet as well. You meet different people from different backgrounds. The event itself is brilliant.’

The Great South Run will take place in Southsea on Sunday, October 30.

To make a donation, please call Dave on 023 9258 0080 or go to starsintheskyhants.co.uk to find out more.