Most ten-year-old boys would baulk at the idea of walking 23 miles across London, even for charity. But little Jonjo Heuerman is no ordinary ten-year-old boy.
Last year football-fanatic Jonjo turned his love of the beautiful game into a worthwhile cause by walking from Wembley to West Ham stadiums. His walk raised over £40,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and received coverage from local and national news organisations, football blogs, and the official West Ham and FA sites.
This year he has done it all again, this time accompanied by fans from all 92 league clubs, who put aside their differences to walk side by side with him in aid of cancer research.
“Cancer doesn’t have any loyalties,” said Jonjo, “it can happen to anyone, just like it did to my Nan and Bobby Moore.”
“So what I want is for all football fans to get behind me and show that as well as supporting their team, they can help tackle bowel cancer.”
Jonjo lost his grandmother Lyn to bowel cancer in 2008, and it is in her memory that he undertook the three-day hike across London. The route took him and his followers from Wembley stadium in West London to West Ham stadium in the East.
Stephanie Moore, who founded the Bobby Moore Fund in memory of her husband after his death in 1993, said she was overwhelmed by Jonjo’s passion and dedication. The second day of Jonjo’s walk, Friday 24 February, was also the anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death.
“Jonjo is an inspiration to us all and I’m delighted he continues to support the fund,” she said.
To find out more about Jonjo’s inspiring walk or to donate to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, then take a look at his website at www.fornannyandbobby.moonfruit.com