In May, Nathan Saleh victoriously completed his 220 mile solo walk from Reading to Blackburn, by delivering the match ball to the centre circle at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park for the Reading Blackburn match. His incredible “Mission to Blackburn”  feat has so far raised almost £4,000 for Berkshire’s children’s bereavement support charity, Daisy’s Dream – nearly doubling his original target.

Nathan departed from the centre circle at the Madejski Stadium at 8am on Bank Holiday Monday and walked, unaccompanied and unsupported,  for up to 15 hours a day to achieve his goal, averaging over 40 miles each day.

A Reading FC fan for 22 years, Nathan lost a bet on Twitter last August about the club signing Ola John, and his forfeit was to walk over 200 miles over 5 days to reach Blackburn FC in time for the last game of the season.

Nathan, aged 33 from Bracknell, said of his achievement, “It was one of the most hard and painful experiences I have ever been through. It was really lonely on your own on the journey up there.” He went on to add, “The knowledge that I was helping so many children through such difficult times kept me going. Thanks to Daisy’s Dream for the support they gave me all the way through this. Picking a charity to represent was very hard to do but I definitely picked the right one. I also want to thank everyone at Reading FC and Blackburn Rovers for their help, as I couldn’t have done it without them, and both sets of fans were so generous.”

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Nathan, who works for Thames Water, suffered with infected blisters, bruising and a suspected ruptured tendon on the walk, and has since announced he’s quit walking. “It is with remorse that I announce my retirement from walking for ever. I’m not even going to walk to the shops or the pub.” He also politely declined the suggestion that he walk home again after Reading FC’s end of season defeat on Saturday.

Nathan raised over £3,200 comleting this epic walk - the equivalent of more than eight consecutive marathons. The funds will be used by Daisy’s Dream to provide free professional advice and support to children, young people and their families across Berkshire who are dealing with the death or serious illness of someone close to them.

Claire Rhodes, fundraiser at Daisy’s Dream said, “We’re delighted that Nathan made it safely up to Blackburn, and are incredibly grateful for all he has done to help raise much-needed funds for our vital work. I also want to thank all the people who have sponsored and supported him on the way. He certainly had us on tenterhooks at times!”

If you’re inspired by Nathan's story and would like to undertake a challenge for Daisy’s Dream contact us on 0118 934 2604 or email [email protected]