Jonjo Heuerman is a remarkable person and has deservedly become a West Ham hero at a young age. His charity events have not only raised a lot of money for his chosen cause, but have also massively raised their profile too. When Jonjo got in touch with me and asked me to run another interview with him I was flattered to help out again and promote his latest amazing challenge.
Jonjo, thank you for asking me to do this interview with you again, how have you been?
I have been great and I am training hard for my next challenge at the moment and it is going really well.
Please remind everyone what you do for charity and why you chose the particular charities that you raise for?
I fund raise for The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK in memory of my Nan and Bobby Moore, they both died from bowel cancer and they were only young. For the past 4 years every February around their anniversary I have done really big walks in their memory. My biggest was 66 miles in 6 days from West Ham to Wembley and back over every bridge in London.
People from around the world send me names of people they have lost to cancer and I walk for them too. So far I have raised £195,000 for the charity and they estimate that I have generated over £1 million in awareness too. I have walked over 200 miles for over 300 cancer angels up to now. I also do lots of events all year and I sell my badges, wristbands and t-shirts on match days as well.
What challenges did you complete in 2014 and how much money did you raise?
Last year I dribbled a football 50 miles over 5 days from Southend United to West Ham United and I raised about £20,000. Lots of Hammer help me by organizing events with me and taking part in abseils and parachute jumps for me too. We did an abseil event at Upton Park from the roof of The Bobby Moore Stand and it raised £22,000. I think my total for last year was about £55,000.
What is your next challenge?
On 14th Feb I start a 750 mile bike ride around the non London Premier League clubs. I get back to Upton Park on 23rd Feb. The following day I start a journey to all of the London Premier League clubs. This is my biggest challenge yet and I am doing it for 106 cancer angels. I finish at The Champions Statue on 28th Feb at 11:30am when I will read out all of the angel’s names. I hope people will come to see my finish; it’s match day and the ceremony will be special we are releasing 106 balloons for the angels and there will be a brass band. People can find out more on my website www.fornannyandbobby.com
How can people donate?
People can donate on my Justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fornannyandbobby or by texting CAPT66 £? To 70070
Once this challenge is completed what will you next?
There’s a Pie and Mash eating competition planned and I am having a celebrity carp fishing event and fun day in Essex in August. I love carp fishing and I am thinking about walking to the lake, it would take me 3 days to get there.
Next year I really want to cycle from Germany to Wembley for the 50th anniversary of Bobby lifting the World Cup, I am hoping overseas fans will get involved. I’m also going to try and do a special screening of the 1966 final and I would like a kids World Cup tournament too.
Have you enjoyed this season as a West Ham supporter?
I am loving watching West Ham play at the moment and where we are in the league. I went to the Everton game and watched my first ever live penalty shoot-out, I lost my voice!
What has been your highlight?
Adrian scoring the penalty, I think that’s when I lost my voice. I was screaming.
Are you looking forward to the move to the Olympic Stadium?
Yes I am. My dad says he will miss Upton Park because he has been going there since he was a boy but I am excited to move to the new stadium. I will miss Green St café and The Supporters Club though.
Do you have any other challenges lined up for the rest of 2015?
Lots of events planned but not another challenge until 2016 for the World Cup anniversary.
I do have a really special walk planned for West Ham supporters. I will be a walk through time starting at Thames Iron Works walking through the ages and important local places in West Hams history and it will finish at the Olympic Stadium. It will be a story of West Ham from the beginning to now and I will be changing kit and wearing replica kits along the way starting with a copy of the Ironworks kit and finishing in the current kit. This will be a goodbye to Upton Park walk and it will some time near the end of the 2015/2016 season.
I am sure you will all want to donate to help Jonjo reach his targets and will wish him all the best for his latest challenge which I have no doubt he will conquer.