Young West Ham fanatic Jonjo Heuerman wants to raise thousands more in 2014 for Bobby Moore charity
PUBLISHED: 13:25 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 06 January 2014
Young Wilmington charity fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman will walk from Southend Football Club to West Ham's Boleyn Ground next month in aid of cancer research.
Jonjo, 12, a West Ham supporter, raised £52,000 in 2013 to take his total to an amazing £132,629 since he started fundraising aged nine for The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research.
Both West Ham legend Bobby Moore, who captained England to the 1966 World Cup, and Jonjo’s grandmother Lynda died from bowel cancer.
“I have started training with my dad – we do walks of three miles [each time],” says Jonjo about his challenge which begins from Southend FC’s Roots Hall Stadium on February 18.
“My parents are very proud of me and I am quite proud of them for helping me out.”
Jonjo says his highlight of 2013 was walking 66 miles in six days with every captain’s armband from all 92 Football League clubs, but he admitted it was “quite tiring”.
He adds: “On the first day we were quite a small group and at the end of the walk we had about 150 people.”
Mother Donna, 45, says the worldwide support has been overwhelming.
“Obviously because of his age we work with him,” says the Bexley Council worker. “Where it gets amazing is when people travel from around the world to walk with Jonjo.”
Mrs Heuerman says last year a walker travelled from Australia to take part in a walk and to carry Jonjo’s Angel shirt, which carries the names of people who have died from cancer.
Mrs Heuerman says: “People come up and asked him to put names of loved ones that died from cnacer on his shirt.”
In 2014, Jonjo says he wants to raise even more for The Bobby Moore Fund, and said, “every £10,000 I raise I save a life”.
“I am extremely proud of him but[the support] is very surreal,” said Mrs Heuerman. “I think his grandma would be proud of him as well.
“He is now extremely confident of public speaking because of these challenges.”
To find out more about Jonjo’s walk and his fundraising, visit www.fornannyandbobby.com.