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Boy, 13, leads New Year's Honours list in South East

JonJoe Heuerman, 13, is awarded the BEM Credit: ITV News

A 13-year-old boy from Kent who has raised more than £200,000 for cancer research is among the recipients of New Year's Honours across the region.

Since 2011, JonJoe Heuerman, from Dartford, has been raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund at Cancer Research UK.

As an ambassador for the Bobby Moore Fund, he has held an annual charity walk each year since 2011.

On his 2014 walk he dribbled a football from Southend to West Ham United over five days covering 50 miles.

In February 2015, he undertook his biggest event yet, cycling 700 miles covering all of the Premier League football clubs in England, before returning to London to undertake a 50 mile walk covering the remaining London Premier League clubs.

He's awarded the British Empire Medal.

Also honoured is Richard Tyler, from Dartford, a Red Cross manager who led the organisation's on-site response to the Shoreham air disaster, which claimed 11 lives.

He also gains the British Empire Medal.

Richard Tyler oversaw the Red Cross response to the Shoreham air disaster Credit: ITV News

Mr Tyler saw the Hawker Hunter jet go up in a loop and come down again - before seeing a cloud of smoke and flame as it hit the ground.

I'm very proud to have this medal. I don't do what I do for awards and I've never thought about having anything like this, but it's great to be recognised.

– Richard Tyler, BEM

Other noteable recipients include Normandy veteran George Batts, from Maidstone who collects an MBE.

Mr Batts, 90, is the ex-national secretary of the now-disbanded Normandy Veterans' Association (NVA).

Normandy veteran, George Batts is awarded the MBE Credit: ITV News

He was just 18-years-old when he waded ashore Gold Beach in Normandy with the Royal Engineers on June 6, 1944.

Now Mr Batts is one of the dwindling band of brothers, now in their late 80s and 90s, who each year cross the English Channel to return to Normandy's beaches and cemeteries to remember lost friends.

In Normandy, there are many cemeteries with around 21,000 of our mates there. They are the real heroes of the campaign, and the memories of those who lost their lives must never be forgotten.

– George Batts, MBE