Jonjo hits his goal in football cycle challenge
PUBLISHED: 12:50 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 12 March 2015
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Wilmington teen cycles to all 20 Premier League football grounds for cancer charity
Wilmington 13-year-old got on his bike and pedalled or walked to all 20 Premier League football grounds in
a bid to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK
IT’S an epic challenge for an adult, let alone a schoolboy of 13, but when you are as determined as Jonjo Heuerman, riding 800 miles to every Premiership football club in the UK, it just had to be done.
And it has taken the Dartford teenager’s personal fund-raising tally to more than £200,000 – all of it going to cancer research.
Quite rightly, Jonjo got a hero’s welcome as he completed his biggest fundraising challenge yet. Despite his young years, he has been doing this sort of thing for a while.
Jonjo, from Wilmington, along with mum Donna and dad Gary, cycled and walked 800 miles around all 20 clubs in the Premier League.
It took two weeks to complete, starting out at St James’ Park in Newcastle on February 14 and ending with his heroes at West Ham’s ground, Upton Park.
The passionate West Ham fan does all his fundraising to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK - a charity set up in the name of the legendary England 1966 World Cup winning captain.
The human dynamo was moved to start his fund raising career five years ago when his gran Lyn passed away.
Like Mr Moore, she had been struck down by bowel cancer. She died in 2008 aged 60.
Jonjo’s mum Donna said: “Although we always supported Jonjo’s decision to take on this enormous challenge, in my heart I wasn’t sure if he would be able to.
“As well as it just being such a huge distance, the weather was against him and he had to cycle in all conditions. I’m totally in awe of him, I know he is my son but he has blown me away.”
Jonjo, who plays as a striker for his school team, said: “This was my biggest and my most difficult challenge yet.”
The lad, who has been a season ticket holder at West Ham since he was three, added: “I had to cover 800 miles cycling and walking to 20 Premier League clubs over 15 days and I am really proud that I completed it.
“My charity work is very special to me and I hope one day I can say I helped to find a cure. So far, my fundraising total is more than £200,000..
“I hope I made my gran and Bobby proud.”
In the past, he has completed a few tough challenges.
He has walked three times from Wembley Stadium to West Ham United starting in 2011 when he was nine. He took different routes with the longest covering 66 miles over six days crossing every bridge in London and including a return journey.
Last year, he dribbled a football 50 miles over five days from Southend United to Upton Park
Speaking after completing the latest challenge, Mrs Heuerman says there were many highs along the way and the odd low.
“The high points were the incredible strength of support we received both from the police, who helped keep Jonjo safe, and the passers-by who cheered, tooted their horns or stopped to talk to us.
“Telling Jonjo when he had smashed £200,000 was also incredible. He’d had a low day and it really spurred him on.”
Mrs Heuerman told us of that ‘low day’: “On Saturday, Februart 21, in all the rain and sleet, Jonjo hit the ‘wall’ with exhaustion.
“He was 23 miles in to a 47 mile day and was frozen and tired. It’s wasn’t hard to see. We put him in the support van and he got back on his bike the following day to complete his challenge.
“I knew my son was determined but never gave him credit for just how much determination he had.”
Stephanie Moore, widow of football legend Bobby, said: “We’re all extremely proud of what Jonjo has achieved.
“More than 800 miles cycling and walking in inclement weather for a 13-year-old shows extreme strength and fortitude. It is fantastic that he has done this to raise awareness and funds to beat bowel cancer.
“It is a cause close to his heart for obvious reasons. We were wondering what he’s going to do next year which is the 50th anniversary of England beating Germany and winning the World Cup. Jonjo is currently researching the possibility of cycling and walking from the German stadium in Berlin to Wembley Stadium.”
On the UK cycle route he visited Sunderland, Hull City, Burnley, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke City, Leicester City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Southampton.
In London he walked between: Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and returning to West Ham United.
At QPR’s Loftus Road ground, he was presented with prime minister David Cameron’s Point of Light volunteering award.
This is the fifth year Jonjo has set himself a challenge for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. Donna estimates this event will have raised £10,000, taking the total to more than £200,000.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fornannyandbobby or text CAPT66 £? to 70070, or just send a cheque or postal order payable to The Bobby Moore Fund to: Jonjo’s Walk c/o The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, 18 Montpelier Avenue, Kent, DA5 3AL.