Hammers fan Jonjo completes 450-mile charity challenge
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A teenage Hammers fan has taken on a 450-mile challenge to mark 50 years since England won the World Cup.
Jonjo Heuerman, 14, gave up his Easter holidays to cycle and walk from Germany – the defeated side in the 1966 final – to Wembley, carrying a replica trophy all the way.
The challenge saw him raise more than £250,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
The youngster set off from Borussia Dortmund’s ground, where he was presented with a signed shirt, and passed through Holland on his way to the UK.
He then cycled from Harwich to London, making sure to pay a visit to his idol Bobby Moore’s hometown of Barking.
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The final leg of his journey saw him approach Wembley’s famous arch with 10 other children, each representing a member of England’s winning side.
Jonjo’s mum Donna said: “There have been times when Jonjo has struggled on this journey but he has been picked up again by his amazing support team.
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“I hope that one day he achieves his goal of finding a cure for cancer and I hope his determination pays off soon.”
The Dartford teenager was inspired to raise funds after his grandmother Lyn died from bowel cancer in February 2009, aged 60 - the same type of cancer as his footballing hero.
He said: “This challenge has been really difficult and tiring but I hope it has raised lots of awareness and funds for Cancer Research UK so that other families don’t have to experience cancer in the way that my family did.”
He has been praised by Bobby’s widow Stephanie, who said:
“Jonjo has shown enormous drive and determination to complete this ambitious challenge.
“He has given up his entire school holiday and faced some real challenges getting through a very physically-demanding 10 days.
“Every mile he covered raised both money and awareness about bowel cancer and that will help save lives.”