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ROVERS FANS NEEDED FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE

28 January 2013

Take part in tag team challenge.

Rovers fans are needed to take part in a nationwide charity “tag team” challenge next month organised by a young fundraiser.

11-year-old Jonjo Heuerma has already raised an incredible £92,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and now aims to smash the £100,000 barrier. 

Jonjo, from Wilmington near Dartford, Kent, is asking representatives from each club to carry a signed captain’s armband to their next nearest club in a relay along 10 designated routes. 

Each armband will be added to a sash and taken to West Ham for the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death. The progress of the armbands will be tracked on a GPS system so that each team can follow its progress.

So far, more than 30 clubs or supporter clubs have registered to take part in the tag teams from 12-17th February. They range from Plymouth and Cardiff in the south west to Liverpool, Everton and Carlisle in the north west, Newcastle and Sunderland in the north east Colchester United in the east, plus Birmingham and Stoke in the Midlands and London clubs including Millwall and Fulham.

Rovers fans will be needed to collect the armband from Bristol City on February 15th, before taking it on to the next stop - Swindon Town.

Once the armbands have arrived in London, Jonjo will then carry them to Wembley to collect the England captain’s armband from Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby’s widow Stephanie Moore.

This final leg will take Jonjo from Upton Park, home of his beloved West Ham United – to Wembley Stadium and back, arriving at Upton Park on February 23.

The challenge will be Jonjo’s own “Route 66” in honour of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team. The route – across all London’s bridges – will be 66 miles long. 

The walk is a huge challenge for Jonjo, physically and in terms of organisation (with a little help from Mum Donna, Dad Gary and sister Megan, 15). The family has been in training to cope with the demands of a 66-mile walk.

Jonjo was inspired to start walking after his beloved Nanny Lyn died of bowel cancer in February 2008 aged just 60. He will begin his leg of the walk on the anniversary of the day she passed away.

Mum Donna said: “There’s no stopping Jonjo. Each year he wants to do more and raise more money. He has grown up so much in the time he has been doing the walks – not just in size but in his ability to speak with people – public speaking holds no fears for him now, he is absolutely fantastic at it.

“It all seems a bit surreal but when you look back and see what he has achieved, it is just amazing – it’s quite something for an 11-year-old.”

Stephanie Moore founded the Bobby Moore Fund in memory of her husband after his death from bowel cancer in 1993. 

Lindsey Richardson, fundraiser for Cancer Research UK in Kent, said: “Jonjo continues to impress us year after year with his determination to go on raising funds. It’s a huge challenge for him and his whole family and we are forever grateful for all the effort they put in. The funds they raise will help us further on our way to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.”

For more details and to register visit: www.fornannyandbobby.com And to donate visit: www.justgiving.com/fornannyandbobby


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