Raising the profile of autism

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An ambassador for Autism Hampshire is taking part in The Great South Run this weekend to raise money and awareness about autism.

Denyse King, from Portsmouth, is a member of Portsmouth Triathletes and is doing the 10-mile run on Sunday, which starts in Southsea.

She is hoping to raise £250 for Autism Hampshire.

Mrs King was diagnosed with the condition when she was in her 40s, whereas most people are diagnosed earlier in their lives.

Despite this, she has achieved a lot, dividing her time between being a public health practitioner, lecturing 
at Bournemouth University and working part-time for Portsmouth City Council.

Additionally, she has written novels and pregnancy books.

But now she is ready to get her running shoes on to support a charity close to her heart.

‘I’m a runner myself, and it is a great way of staying healthy without taking any medication,’ she said.

‘I am a member of Portsmouth Triathletes which really helps.

‘The problem is the weather is always miserable.

‘However, the crowd cheering motivates you, plus my eldest son is running for childhood leuk’aemia.’

She also stated that exercise is important to her because she suffers from anxiety issues.

Mrs King discussed ways of raising awareness about autism and how she helps people in her everyday life.

She said: ‘I have a decent following on Twitter and am a patron at 
schools where I speak to people about autism.

‘It is an explanation rather than an excuse.

‘Working at Portsmouth public health involves speaking to colleagues 
who require support, for example preparing them for job interviews and having discussions about how they are feeling.

‘I am also working on trying to hire a room in a quiet space in the Portsmouth City Council Offices because I think it will help people calm down if they are feeling stressed out or anxious.’

Mrs King elaborated further on working as an ambassador at Bournemouth University.

She said: ‘I speak to students and staff to see how I can provide advice and support to them.’

For more information on Denyse’s charity run visit virginmoneygiving.com/DenyseK.