Deaf Minds Education are doing a sponsored walk from Scunthorpe to Cleethorpes (28 miles) on Saturday August 28th and they are inviting ‘guest walkers’.

You can have the opportunity to walk with them for a distance of 1 mile for a donation (which Lollipop would contribute on a member’s behalf). If any of our Youth members or parents would like to register an interest you just need to tell Deaf Minds Education why you want to be involved and they will then invite people to attend. So, if you are feeling fit and want to join them then please contact More information is below, from Shaun Fitzgerald the co-founder of Deaf Minds Education…


The overall distance will be 28 miles and we will be supported by one support vehicle throughout the route.

Start and Finish Time

Start at 6:30AM from DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort in Scunthorpe and finish at 2PM on the Pier at Cleethorpes.

Who is involved?

Shaun Fitzgerald and John Smith who are both profoundly Deaf men are doing the walk together.

Bio of each walker

  • Shaun Fitzgerald was born profoundly Deaf and throughout his life has had to face barriers to learning. This resulted in feeling negative in general. He has created his own business and is employed as a Web Developer. He has presented TEDx talks and provides talks to groups of people around the UK, looking at Mental Health and Deafness and within that area, Suicide awareness and prevention. He is a strong advocate of having a positive sense of well being and having a positive mindset. Shaun is a regular campaigner for having a healthier mind and viewing life in a more beneficial way.
  • John Smith is profoundly Deaf and British Sign Language is his first language. He is a fully qualified Teacher and Assessor, he teaches British Sign Language Levels 1 – 6.

Why are we doing the walk?

The walk has been organised to address the issue of suicide in young people. Sadly, suicide is far too prevalent in society and too many young and older people are taking their own lives when confronted with a crisis. I have had close friends and people I knew, who sadly took their own lives. I have had in the past, similar feelings, through positive thinking, regular exercise, I managed to overcome those particular feelings and move on. The walk is in recognition of these events and we are doing this to make people more aware of the risk of suicide in people we know who are close to us.

If you would like to apply to be a guest walker with Shaun and John email your reasons why you would like to join them to and let Lollipop know that you have applied by emailing Becky –