Dartford schoolboy honoured for mammoth fundraising total
PUBLISHED: 11:22 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 08 October 2013
Young Wilmington fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman has won two prestigious prizes at a national awards ceremony.
The 11-year-old has raised more than £130,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, and was named humanitarian of the year and fundraiser of the year at the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards on Saturday.
Jonjo’s hero Bobby Moore captained England to World Cup glory in 1966 and succumbed to the same disease as his grandmother Lynda - bowel cancer.
Jonjo’s mum Donna said: “We’re so proud of him.
“The past two and a half years have been an incredible journey, really surreal. It’s really special for Jonjo to be recognised for all the fundraising he’s done.”
Jonjo has already planned his big fundraising event for next February. He will dribble a football from Southend, who Bobby Moore used to manager, through 15 Essex towns to West Ham United’s ground, where his hero made his name.
Jonjo said: “I didn’t really expect to win. I did the walks after my nan passed away from bowel cancer. It was a sad day.”
He has set himself a new fundraising target of £250,000.
Donna added: “I don’t think anyone in our family realised how determined and dedicated he would be to his charity mission or quite how big it would grow.
“His ability to speak to individuals or crowds of tens of thousands of people to raise important awareness about bowel cancer is also amazing. We are so proud of his hard work and his Nanny would be incredibly proud of him too.”
For more information on his fundraising activities visit fornannyandbobby.com.