THE mum of murdered Nikki Allan will meet with city leaders next week to discuss better ways of protecting children.
The planned meeting had been arranged prior to this week’s developments, which saw a man arrested on suspicion of killing the eight-year-old in October 1992.
Nikki’s mum, Sharon Henderson, 48, had been recovering from a suspected stroke in Sunderland Royal Hospital when she received the news.
Now back home in Ryhope, Sharon told the Echo she still plans to attend the meeting to discuss her campaign.
The mum has already launched a petition demanding known child offenders are housed away from areas of Sunderland frequented by children.
Sharon, of Ryhope, said: “I want to feel like I’m doing something positive to help the city’s children after what happened to Nikki.
“I have been preparing to meet Julie Elliott MP and other people next week.
“It’s all been quite stressful, which is maybe one of the reasons why I’ve fallen ill, but I’m determined to go ahead with the meeting.”
Sharon launched Facebook page Keep All Our Kids Safe, which already has thousands of followers.
The mum is now hoping to garner enough support to carry out a protest march to the civic centre.
Sharon’s long-term friend Christine Hope, has also been helping with the campaign.
Christine, 56, said: “I have supported Sharon in her campaigning for years now and wanted to become involved in this.”
Nikki’s battered body was found in the old Exchange Building, in Sunderland’s East End, in October 1992. She had been battered with a brick and stabbed 37 times.
The crime has remain unsolved for the past 21 years.
Last year, detectives started following a number of new leads into the seven-year-old’s case after a recent reconstruction on TV’s Crimewatch.
* Steven Grieveson, 43, was arrested and questioned on suspicion of Nikki’s murder.