A cyclist championed a cause close to home after pedalling his way from his Italian home to the Stadium of Light.
Enrico Milan completed his 2,000k ride from Lake Lseo to the Sunderland ground to mark 25 years as a Sunderland supporter.
It’s good he was happy to raise awareness and everyone sees we still want justice for Nikki.Sharon Henderson
On its final stretch, he pulled on a T-shirt sent to him by Sharon Henderson, the mother of Nikki Allan, who was brutally killed on Wearside in 1992.
Enrico is raising funds for a four-year-old girl called Nina, who has an unknown genetic syndrome, and has been the mascot for the Black Cats’ Italian group.
He was welcomed to his final destination by club legend Kevin Ball and will take to the pitch at half time of tomorrow’s first home game against Norwich, for a presentation.
His efforts have seen him travel through four countries and scale a section of the Alps, and also called in at Leicester, as his team played in the city last weekend.
He fell in love with the team in the 1990s after watching a game on television and being wowed by the passion of the Roker Park crowd. Sharon said: “About a year ago I heard about his bike ride, and I sent him the top, knowing he would be coming to the Stadium of Light.
“I was surprised when I saw him wearing the top and he was presented with a Sunderland top by Kevin Ball at the gates when he arrived.
“It’s good he was happy to raise awareness and everyone sees we still want justice for Nikki.”
Enrico can be sponsored via www.indiegogo.com/projects/road-to-stadium-of-light-ride-for-nina#/story