DCSIMG

‘Living my dream to make a difference’

Sophie Wakeman, left, and friend April Yemm, leafleting for thef Stars Have No Limits talent show.
121110M-C045

Sophie Wakeman, left, and friend April Yemm, leafleting for thef Stars Have No Limits talent show. 121110M-C045

A YOUNG Winslow woman who has turned her life around after suffering sexual abuse as a child is now on a mission to help other children.

Sophie Wakeman, aged 22, was severely sexually abused by a neighbour as a child.

She told the Advertiser: “Nobody knew about what happened to me until 11 years later.

“I was threatened to secrecy.”

Miss Wakeman, who is studying for a degree in Working With Children and Young People, now plans to set up a charity for abused children, called Stars Have No Limits.

The goal is to set up a children’s home for young victims of abuse, alongside counselling and therapies for older victims.

Miss Wakeman, who volunteers with Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers, is herself training as a counsellor.

After years when she says she was “quite lost”, the turning point was winning a place on a bootcamp run by Padbury personal trainer Phil Robertson.

With his mentoring and support, she lost two-and-a-half stone and gained in confidence.

She said: “Phil showed me that absolutely anything I wanted in the world I could have.

“I will never forget what he did. This year has been the year I’ve really found myself. My dream has always been to find a way through my abuse to make a really positive difference.”

A fundraising Christmas Talent Show for Stars Have No Limits is being held at the Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, from 7pm on Saturday, December 8.

Tickets cost £5 from 07842 236130 or shnl@hotmail.co.uk

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page