Hammers fan, 11, in line for young humanitarian award

Jonjo with a mascot at Upton Park

Jonjo with a mascot at Upton Park - Credit: Archant

An 11-year-old West Ham fan who has raised £120,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund is in the running for a prestigious national humanitarian award.

Jonjo Heuerman is one of 23 young people who are ­finalists in the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2013.

The schoolboy from Dartford lost his grandmother to bowel cancer four years ago and wants to help stop others from dying from the same disease as her and his hero, football legend Bobby Moore.

He set up a fundraising walk where he would travel the 33 miles from West Ham United’s football ground at Upton Park to Wembley Stadium over three days.

In 2011 and 2012 he completed the walk, received worldwide attention for it and raised an astonishing amount of money.

But this year he went even bigger and got supporters from all 92 professional football teams in England to take part in a tag team walk.

Jonjo started at the gates of West Ham to Wembley then back again covering 66 miles over six days.

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His next challenge is to dribble a ball from Southend United’s ground in Essex to West Ham, passing Sir Bobby’s childhood home in Barking and his school – Westbury Primary.

Jonjo said: “When my nanny died I was really sad and my charity work really helped me. I have had lots of fun and I have met lots of nice people who help me and some people that are not well and they say I help them.”

His mother, Donna Heuerman, who nominated him, said: “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. The past two-and-a-half years have been an incredible journey that has raised more money that he ever thought. His original target was £10,000.

“We are so proud of his hard work and his nany would be incredibly proud of him too.”

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