Scared of heights and having to overcome her own autistic issues, Sophie Rolls will be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf on 2nd April, World Autism Awareness Day.
Sophie is raising money for Autism Hampshire after being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 22 years old. Sophie is now 24 and taking charge of her life and wants to raise awareness to others on the autism spectrum that life doesn’t have to be limiting.
Sophie says: “I struggled through school, college and social situations throughout my life. I have managed to overcome these struggles by working hard, and persevering with the obstacles life has thrown at me.
“After being diagnosed with Autism, the help and support I've received has helped me understand ‘my world’ more. I am now working full time in accounts and I passed my college course in 2015 with flying colours.
“I have chosen to do this personal challenge to put me outside of my comfort zone, and to help support other people who have experienced the same struggles as me.”
Marc Smith, at GHS Mechanical and Electrical Ltd in Gosport, Sophie’s boss, said: “Sophie is a great asset to the firm. Her honesty regarding her condition was exemplary at her interview. Where she struggles with some areas of office work she excels in her ability with numbers. It’s all about finding your strengths and working to them."
Sophie’s mum, Cheryl Rolls, added: “Sophie is a very determined young lady and failure is not an option. We are so proud of her and the way she has decided to make it her mission to help others, so they don’t have to struggle.”