School boy collects over £20,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund
PUBLISHED: 10:53 04 March 2011
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A nine-year-old fundraiser is thought to have collected more than £20,000 for charity — double his target — after gaining celebrity support ahead of a three-day walk.
Jonjo Heuerman, who attends Maypole Primary, Bexleyheath, arrived at West Ham’s Upton Park ground on Sunday in time to see his club defeat Liverpool 3-1.
Waved off by Sir Trevor Brooking and World Cup hero Bobby Moore’s widow Stephanie, the youngster left Wembley Stadium at midday on Friday for the 23-mile walk.
It was held in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and in memory of Jonjo’s nan, Lynda Heuerman, who like the England footballer died from bowel cancer.
The trek attracted support from England captain Rio Ferdinand, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, Pixie Lott, cricketer Darren Gough and opera star Katherine Jenkins.
Jonjo said: “I have been quite surprised with the amount of support I received. Going to the ground in front of all those football supporters was amazing. I even met Scott Parker, who is my favourite player, and it was a shock meeting players like Steven Gerrard.”
Before setting off with his mum and dad, Donna and Gary, sister Megan and family friend Dan Jarvis, 18, Jonjo was invited to West Ham’s groundand met players and clubs manager, Avram Grant.
He began his trek from the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley and ended when he was welcomed by 36,000 fans as he took to the centre of the pitch.
In the final leg more than 100 supporters, including Pearly Kings and Queens, joined him before he laid a wreath at the Bobby Moore statue at Upton Park.
Jonjo, of Leyton Cross Road, Wilmington, is an avid fan of West Ham — Bobby Moore’s club for 10 years
His mum said: “Jonjo and his sister Megan were both very close to their nan and were devastated when she died, aged just 60, in February 2008.She would be very proud of them.
“Jonjo and his sister, who also raised money in the past, have been approached to become ambassadors for this type of fundraising so I’m sure you will see a lot more of them.”
Stephanie Moore. who founded the Bobby Moore Fund in memory of her husband after his death in 1993, added: “Supporters of the Bobby Moore Fund come in all shapes and sizes and, although Jonjo is very young, he took on a huge challenge.”
Bobby captained West Ham and led England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team.
■ To find out more, visit www.bobbymoorefund.org or www.facebook.com/officialbobbymoorefund