Royals fan completes 200 mile walk to Blackburn for charityRoyals fan Nathan Salah suffered a self-imposed forfeit when he made a promise towards the end of last summer’s transfer window. He declared that if Reading signed Ola John he would walk to Blackburn for the last game of the season.
Reading did sign Ola John.
And, true to his word, Nathan walked to Ewood Park!
He undertook the walk on behalf of local charity Daisy’s Dream who support children and their families when affected by the life threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them.
We first spoke to Nathan in March and helped raise support for his walk and boosted the profile of his nominated charity, Daisy’s Dream. The club welcomed Nathan and his family as well as the local press to the centre circle at Madejski Stadium on Monday 2nd May as he started his walk from the hallowed turf here in Berkshire.
Over 200 miles confronted Nathan but his willpower, strengthened by the support from fellow fans, ensured he completed the journey arriving at Ewood Park just five days later in time for kick-off!
Everyone at the club got behind Nathan, promoting his challenge through our social media, website and matchday programme, while our Community Trust donated two mascot packages and Reading away kits for Nathan’s children who were able to walk out onto the pitch with Nathan last weekend.
Blackburn Rovers pulled out all the stops too - allowing Nathan to hobble the two teams out onto the pitch for the final home game of the season and place the matchball on the centre circle ahead of kick-off.
And in the days before he set off on his adventure, manager Brian McDermott personally welcomed Nathan to the training ground where he met the first team who promptly chipped in to ensure he smashed his fundraising target! The total raised for Daisy's Dream has now reached more than £3,000 - and you can still donate here.
Nathan has since declared his retirement from walking, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more potential forfeits!
Once again congratulations from everyone at the club!