A SCHOOLGIRL left broken-hearted after missing out on meeting Jason Donovan because she was too shy has finally realised her dream — 29 years later.
Helen Harris, 41, was 12 when she entered a kids’ TV competition to meet the Australian star.
She was stunned when Jason rang her on live TV to break the news and invited her to meet him backstage at his next gig in October 1990.
But when Helen turned up at the concert with her friend to claim her prize she ‘bottled’ it because she was too shy.
Her dream finally came true this week (top) when husband Scott, 31, tweeted the singer a clip from the 90s kids’ music show The O-Zone and asked for his help.
Jason agreed and surprised Helen by arranging to meet her backstage after performing in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on Wednesday night.
Helen, of Kidderminster, said: ‘It was an absolute dream come true.
‘He was absolutely charming and we chatted about his time in Neighbours and how happy he was that his daughter was joining the show.
‘I am so grateful to Jason for meeting me after I snubbed him almost 30 years ago. I did apologise to him and he laughed. He said he was pleased to finally meet me.’
Helen became a ‘huge fan’ of Jason after watching him play Scott Robinson in the Australian soap Neighbours.
Helen, who works for a commercial loans company, said: ‘I used to enter loads of competitions when I was 11 and 12 and there was one on TV to identify Jason from his old school photograph.
‘I remembered I’d seen a story in Smash Hits magazine the week before so sent in my entry on the back of an envelope and didn’t think any more about it.
‘When I got a call from Jason on live TV telling me I’d won, I didn’t know what to say. I think I told him I might go to the concert.
‘I took my friend to the NEC where he was performing and was told I’d meet him afterwards but when it came to it I just bottled it because I was so shy.
‘I’d really enjoyed the concert so didn’t think too much about it but a few days later I just broke down in tears because I’d missed out on meeting him.
‘You do have regrets in life and I think that was a big one for me.’
Scott, a videographer, said: ‘It was lovely to help fulfil Helen’s childhood dream and finally claim her prize.’
After finally meeting Helen, Jason tweeted: ‘This was brilliant. Finally got to Helen. What an absolute pleasure. Thank you for your continued support Helen. Awesome xxxx.’