Supporters take part in tag event.
Colchester United supporters teamed up with fans from around the country to help one young football fan raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Ten-year-old Jonjo Heuerman lost his Nanny to bowel cancer in February 2010; he knew that his footballing hero Bobby Moore also died of the same disease.
Driven by the desire to help others suffering from the same illness, he decided he would like to do something to help The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, and he has gone on to become one of the best known young fundraisers in the country.
And his recent Big Football Tag event, which took place last weekend, has taken his total fundraising towards £150,000 for the national charity.
The Big Football Tag included 10 tag team routes that saw tag teams of supporters from each of the 92 professional football clubs join together.
Each of the individual club tag teams collected its club captain’s armband, attached it to a sash containing a GPS tracking device, and took the sash to the next nearest professional club.
The U’s were represented by Lea and Ernie Finch, who have been at the heart of many of our memorable fundraising efforts in recent years.
Lea and Ernie collected their tag at the Weston Homes Community Stadium at 5.30am last Saturday morning, long before any fans had turned up ready for the trip to Sheffield United later that day.
They were joined further down the route by Stuart Begg, father of Emily, for whom the U’s have raised large sums of money over the years in memory of the young U’s supporter who passed away after a long battle with leukaemia.
The trio safely delivered the tag to Southend United’s Roots Hall Stadium to send it on the next stage of its journey.
All of the ten tag routes connected at Upton Park on Monday where Jonjo was waiting.
All 10 sashes, holding 91 armbands, were passed to him and he is spending the rest of the week walking to Wembley to collect the England captain’s armband and return back to Upton Park to collect the final armband from West Ham United.
On his walk, Jonjo will cover 66 miles (representing the World Cup winning year) in 6 days (representing Bobby Moore’s shirt number).
This Saturday, he is due to finish on the centre circle when West Ham United play Tottenham Hotspur, the day before Bobby’s anniversary. All of the armbands will eventually be auctioned for the charity.