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Fundraising schoolboy Jonjo Heuerman, 13, named in New Year Honours list 2015 for work with Bobby Moore Fund

By KentOnline reporter

A 13-year-old schoolboy has been recognised for his charity fundraising with a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours.

Jonjo Heuerman, an ambassador for the Bobby Moore Fund, is this year’s youngest recipient and has been recognised for services to Cancer Research UK.

He began fundraising in memory of his nan, who died from bowel cancer, and football star Bobby Moore, who suffered the same disease.

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Schoolboy fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman
Schoolboy fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman

Since 2011, Jonjo, of Leyton Cross Road, Wilmington, has taken part in an annual charity walk and raised more than £200,000, enough to fund a clinical trial for two years.

His love of football is very much at the heart of his fundraising and in 2014 the passionate West Ham fan dribbled a football from Southend to West Ham’s Upton Park ground over five days and covering 50 miles.

In February this year he undertook his biggest challenge yet, cycling 700 miles to visit all of the Premier League football clubs in England before returning to London to make a 50-mile walk to each of the remaining Premier League clubs in the capital.

His walks also provide a platform for people to remember loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer through his Angels Ceremony, where he creates a football shirt that lists the names of sufferers.

Jonjo has attended other charity events, such as for Boys Beating Cancer and the Little Havens Hospice.

When he read that the Freehold Community Group was struggling to fund football kit and equipment for coaching sessions for young people from disadvantaged people in Rochdale, he donated his pocket money, footballs and kit to the group.

Helping to keep Britain’s borders safe has earned Austen Marsh recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Mr Marsh, who lives in Deal, is executive officer of Freight in Coquelles. He has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

He said: “I am delighted and proud to receive this honour in recognition of my contribution to UK Border Security.

“Throughout my 29 years of service I have had the pleasure to work with both individuals and teams who have been professional and dedicated and I consider this honour to be a reward for all those who have given me many years of enjoyable service, whilst doing a difficult and sometimes arduous job.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my family for all of their support and understanding during three decades of shift work and the resulting disturbances.”

Austen Marsh
Austen Marsh

A 90-year-old who served in the Second World War is to be made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

George Batts, of Chervilles in Barming, has been recognised for his service to veterans, which includes work organising commemorations and compiling an archive of eyewitness accounts from the battlefields.

Mr Batts took part in the Normandy Landings in June 1944 and after joining the Normandy Veterans’ Association in 1988, was appointed National Secretary and Treasurer in 2009.

In the past 10 years he has taken a leading role in organising official commemorations in France, liaising extensively with authorities on both sides of the Channel.

The grandfather-of-two said: “I was surprised, honoured and delighted to be told I would receive an MBE.

“In Normandy there are 17 cemeteries with 21,000 bodies in them. They were mates and colleagues we left behind and who were the real heroes.

"It is essential these memories are preserved forever more and they will always be remembered.”

Former Lydd Mayor Fred Wood-Brignall has also been awarded the MBE for services to the community in Lydd and Romney Marsh.

He was town Mayor from 1988 to 1995, the third longest-serving since 1885, is also past chairman of Kent County Council and Shepway District Council.

A dentist from Hoath has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for his charitable medical work in Uganda.

Dr Ashley Lupin has spent many years travelling to Bwindi to perform dentistry, raise money and collect drugs and equipment for a hospital.

He even sponsored a young man to qualify as a dentist.

Dr Lupin, was accompanied on his trips by his wife Moira, who was his practice manager in Kent, but sadly died from cancer aged 57 during the Christmas of 2013.

The citation says he has been given the award for “humanitarian aid to medical training in Uganda”.

He said: “I am proud to accept this, particularly in memory of my wife, who accompanied and worked with me on every visit.

“I am so sorry that she did not live to see our work being recognised in this way. In that way, it is also tinged with sadness that I am not sharing it with her.”

Dr Lupin has worked at his practice in Chatham for 40 years but has also performed dentistry elsewhere in the county, including Faversham and Teynham.

A 92-year-old philanthropist has been knighted in the New Year Honours.

Michael Uren, of Appledore Road, Tenterden, already holds the OBE.

His Michael Uren Foundation make grants to various charities. Accounts dated April, 2015, showed it had given out £27.89 million.

Recent beneficiaries have included Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which was given £400,000 in January, 2015, to help fund a new £8.5 million gallery, Command of the Oceans.

The foundation, formed in 2006, had already given £100,000 towards the project.

The Kent New Year Honours list in full


William Robert Fittall. For services to the Church of England. (Kent)

Steve Lancashire. Founder and chief executive Officer REAch2, and Executive Headteacher, Hillyfield Primary Academy, London Borough of Waltham Forest. For services to Education. (Kent)

John Michael Leal Uren, OBE. For philanthropic service. (Tenterden, Kent)



Ms Heather Victoria Rabbatts, CBE. For public service and services to Football and Equality. (Lower Hardres, Kent)


William Sloan Bell. Head of Child Protection Save the Children UK. For Humanitarian services to Children. (Sevenoaks, Kent)

Lester Benjamin. Deputy director of Operations Palace of Westminster. For parliamentary service. (Kent)

Ms Hannah Ellis Carmichael. Trustee Depaul UK. For services to Homeless and Vulnerable Young People. (Canterbury, Kent)

Councillor Peter Fleming. Leader Sevenoaks District Council and lately chairman, Improvement and Innovation Board, Local Government Association. For services to Local Government. (Sevenoaks, Kent)

Philip Steven Mason. Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser Department for International Development. For services to International Anti-Corruption Policy. (Gillingham, Kent)

Gerard Arthur Damien McQuillan, MBE. Formerly Senior Adviser, Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections, Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, Arts Council England. For services to Public Arts Collections. (Kent)

Kevin Leslie Murphy. Formerly Chair Excel London. For services to Business Tourism. (Canterbury, Kent)

Mrs Helen Samantha Parrett. Principal, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education. For services to Further Education. (Kent)

Mrs Susannah Claire Schofield. For services to Small Businesses, Young People and Women in Business. (Sevenoaks, Kent)

Ms Venessa Willms. Director of Primary Education ARK Schools. For services to Education. (Maidstone, Kent)


Mrs Kim Arrowsmith. Manager, Matchbox Day Nursery, Tower Hamlets. For services to Children and Families. (Sheerness, Kent)

Mrs Beverley Barclay. Director of Clinical Services, The J's Hospice, Essex. For services to Nursing, particularly Young Adults with Life-Limiting Conditions. (Kent)

George Robert Batts. National secretary and Treasurer Normandy Veterans Association. For voluntary service to Veterans. (Maidstone, Kent)

Mrs Dolores Bray-Ash, JP. Chair, Early Years Network Tower Hamlets and vice-Chair of Governors, Charles Darwin School, Bromley. For services to Children and Families. (Sevenoaks, Kent)

Mrs Hilary Dobbie. Formerly Principal, Moor House School and College, Oxted, Surrey. For services to Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. (Tunbridge Wells, Kent)

Colin Trevor Gurnett. For voluntary service to the community in Kent. (Kent)

Martin Philip Howarth. Assistant director Children's Services and Departmental Strategy Directorate, Department for Education. For services to Children and Education. (Kent)

Christopher Hutton. Chief Financial Officer City of London Academies and Facilitator, Academy Finance Directors' Forum. For services to Education. (Hawkhurst, Kent)

Austen Neil Marsh. Executive Officer Coquelles Freight, Border Force, Home Office. For services to Border Security. (Deal, Kent)

Douglas Moutrie. For services to People with Disabilities in Kent. (Gillingham, Kent)

Peter James Ogden. Senior Executive Officer Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. For services to Public Administration and voluntary service to Young People. (Kent)

The Rt Hon Roger Mynors Swinfen Eady Baron Swinfen. Director, Swinfen Charitable Trust UK (Kent). For services to international telemedicine.

Frederick Wood-Brignall. For services to the community in Lydd and Romney Marsh Kent. (Romney Marsh, Kent)



Mrs Valerie Blake. For services to the Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled in Dartford, Kent. (Bexley, Kent)

Mrs Joan Margaret Buller. For services to the community in Staplehurst, Kent. (Tonbridge, Kent)

Nicholas William Charles Dermott. For services to Heritage and Conservation in Thanet. (Margate, Kent)

Mrs Ann Foat. Chair, Ash Heritage Group. For services to the community in Ash, Kent. (Canterbury, Kent)

John Jo Heuerman. Ambassador Bobby Moore Fund. For services to Cancer Research. (Dartford, Kent)

Mrs Vanessa Ann Jones. Chair, Bredhurst Parish Council, and Chair, Bredhurst Woodland Action Group. For voluntary service to Woodland Management and the community in Kent. (Kent)

Dr Ashley Stuart Lupin. For Humanitarian services to Medical Training in Uganda. (Canterbury, Kent)

Mrs Mary Susan Matthews. For services to Young People through the Girls' Brigade in Hextable, Kent. (Dartford, Kent)

Sean McCarthy. For voluntary service to the Poppy Appeal in London. (Dartford, Kent)

Alan Henry George Rowe. For services to the community in Cobham Kent through the Parish Council. (Gravesend, Kent)

Richard John Charles Tyler. Lead Service manager Event First Aid and Emergency Response. For services to the British Red Cross in Kent and Sussex. (Dartford, Kent)

Craig Gordon Vidler. For services to charities. (Maidstone, Kent)

Christopher West. Manager and Chair Disability Network Advisory Group, National Crime Agency. For services to Equality and Diversity Issues. (Dartford, Kent)

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