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Dartford boy to receive British Empire Medal in ceremony next week

PUBLISHED: 09:52 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:55 05 May 2016

Jonjo being lifted to place the Jules Rimet replica at the feet of the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley

Jonjo being lifted to place the Jules Rimet replica at the feet of the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley

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Jonjo Heuerman is one of the youngest recipients of the medal

Jonjo at the end of March to the Arch eventJonjo at the end of March to the Arch event

A teenager who raised more than £250,000 in the fight against cancer will be presented with one of Britain’s highest honours next week.

Fourteen year old Jonjo Heuerman will be wearing a silk waistcoat crafted by Savile Row tailors Kent, Haste and Lachter when he receives the British Empire Medal on May 12.

He will also be attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24.

The waistcoat has all the names of the people lost to cancer that Jonjo walks for every year.

The Dartford teenager started his fundraising after the death of his nan in 2009.

Since then he has organised a range of events to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Most recently the teenager, joined by his mum and a team of volunteers, cycled from Dortmund to London, which was followed by a reading outside Wembley Stadium.

Jonjo, who was one of the youngest recipients of the BEM on the New Year’s Honours List, will receive his BEM from the Queen’s representative Viscount De L’Isle at Penshurst Palace next week.

The young volunteer said: “I don’t feel nervous, I’m really looking forward to it, especially wearing the waistcoat which will make it extra special.”

Mum, Donna, said the whole family was looking forward to seeing Jonjo recognised for his hard work.

He said: “Jonjo is pretty laid back about it where as I’m fussing over him looking right and saying the right thing.

“The three lovely gentleman at Kent, Haste and Lachter saw Jonjo on TV, and offered to make him a silk pinstripe waistcoat to go under his morning suit.”


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