TheWestHamWay.co,uk are delighted to be the trusted and first website to announce the amazing achievement of West Ham hero Jonjo Heuerman in being awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. We have known for a number of weeks now but have been unable to release the news because there was a news embargo until today.
Jonjo has been as busy as Santa over the Christmas period with various interviews with Sky Sports, BBC, ITV and This Morning as well as many national newspapers. We will be seeing a lot more of him on our TV screens in the weeks to come especially as he prepares for his next amazing fundraiser.
ExWHUEmployee and TheWestHamWay.co.uk have been big supporters of all that Jonjo has achieved and have raised money for the charity as well as regularly publicising his work. It is a charity very close to Ex’s heart, like most of us. Jonjo really is one of our own and we will continue to cover all that he does on the site. What Jonjo has achieved is truly remarkable and he is a great ambassador for the club! I am sure you will all join us in congratulating him on this fully deserved honour.
Here is the moment Jonjo announced it to the people who had attended his “birthday party” and below this video you can see the national press release.
Below is the national press release about the award:
SCHOOLBOY fundraiser extraordinaire Jonjo Heuerman, who has raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds to help beat cancer, has scored a blinder – a ‘gong’ at just 13.
Jonjo from Dartford, Kent, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. Jonjo, is the youngest person to receive the BEM in this year’s awards and one of the youngest ever to be given the honour.
Jonjo, started his football-themed fundraising walks five years ago and has raised £235,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. He was inspired to start raising money after his beloved nan Lyn died of bowel cancer in February 2009 aged just 60. As a passionate West Ham and England fan, he was aware his footballing hero Bobby Moore had died of bowel cancer and decided to do all his fundraising for in honour of Bobby and his nan.
His mum Donna said finding out he was to receive the honour was ‘surreal’.
“An award was mentioned ages ago and to know he was even being considered was special in itself. But then we didn’t hear much more until the beginning of November when a very official-looking letter arrived from the Cabinet Office.
“We had a quick peek, realised what it was and were pretty choked. When Jon got home from school, he looked at it but didn’t understand at first. And then the penny dropped. The first thing he said was ‘Why?’
“But then the excitement kicked in. He was just so proud he wanted to shout it from the hilltops. The hardest thing was keeping it from his granddad Brinsley. He and Jon are very close and he was busting a gut to tell him!
“We’re all incredibly proud of him but his nan, who was the inspiration for all this, would have been so thrilled for him. She was a bit of a matriarch like Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders – fiercely proud of her family. She would have be doing cartwheels!”
Jonjo said: “I was really surprised and very proud to hear I was on the New Year’s Honours list. I didn’t even know what a British Empire Medal was! I never realised my fundraising would go this far.
“I’m really hoping my medal will help me raise more funds and awareness for The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far.”
Over the years Jonjo has walked and cycled thousands of miles all over Britain. Along the way he has attracted celebrity support from Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Cilla Black, Gaby Roslin, Paul Ross, West Ham United Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan and vice-chairman, Baroness Karren Brady.
Last year (2015), along with Donna and dad Gary, Jonjo cycled and walked 800 miles, visiting all 20 clubs in The Barclays Premiership.
Donna said: “My proudest moment was during this year’s challenge. It was so draining for him that at one point he collapsed. But he was so determined to finish, he insisted on going on.”
Stephanie Moore founded the Bobby Moore Fund in memory of her husband after his death from bowel cancer in 1993.
She said: “Jonjo has done an enormous amount for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. Not only has he raised a phenomenal amount of money and helped raise awareness of bowel cancer, but he has taken on a huge physical challenge for someone so young.
“I’m absolutely delighted his hard work, and that of his mum, dad and sister who are with him every step of the way, has been recognised in this way.”
Jonjo’s plans for 2016 are even more ambitious and aim to celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup. They include a 450-mile cycle and walk from Germany to Wembley to return The Jules Rimet to Wembley Stadium, a 32-nation junior world cup and a 1966 World Cup banquet.
Simon O’Leary, Head of Volunteer Fundraising for Cancer Research UK said: “Jonjo is an inspiration to us all. His ambitious and high-profile fundraising activities have galvanised his community who have in turn made a huge contribution to help our scientists, doctors and nurses save more lives by preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
“Cancer Research UK receives no government funding so we rely on supporters like Jonjo to do amazing things to support our world-class research. Through his passion for football, the Bobby Moore Fund and high profile fundraising, Jonjo has helped cancer patients and their families across the UK. He is a true inspiration.
“I’d like to wish him all the best with his cycle ride across Europe next summer. We’re enormously grateful for all he has done and I am thrilled that he has received this honour in recognition of all his hard work.”
Jonjo will receive his inscribed British Empire Medal during a ceremony from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent later this year and will then be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
The BEM, which was reintroduced in 2012, rewards sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work.
For more details about Jonjo’s latest challenge, or to donate visit: justgiving.com/fornannyandbob… or text CAPT66 £? to 70070