Ahead of the Football4Autism charity walk, local radio presenter Sean Goldsmith has spoken of the importance of raising awareness of autism.
Walkers will trek 21 miles from Rotherham United’s New York Stadium to Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium - via Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United - on Tuesday, April 4. The walk is to raise funds for Autism Plus and make people more aware of autism.
Sean, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year at the age of 43, believes that awareness of autism is still lacking among the general public.
“Since being diagnosed, it has become obvious to me that not many people know a lot about autism at all and there are so many aspects of autism,” said the Hallam 2 presenter.
“Of the people I know, very few know anything about Asperger syndrome and I didn't until 12 months ago.
“To people on the outside, it is very difficult to appreciate some of the things I do or say, because it is just part of my different way of thinking and how I say things. It is not until people do know that they can understand why.
“I had gone through all of my life feeling a bit different to other people. There are a lot of children and a lot of adults that really do need a lot of help and knowing why they are like they are is really important.”
To get involved via social media, use the #football4autism hashtag. Donations can be made by texting FOOT04 £3 to 70070.