Thursday, April 7, 2022

Hero of the Hour – Tobias Weller (AKA ‘Captain Tobias’)

Nine-year-old Tobias Weller has raised £145,000 for good causes by walking two marathons in spite of having cerebral palsy and autism

Tobias Weller is a truly inspirational little boy. He has cerebral palsy and autism and in spite of condition has just used a walker and a race runner to complete two marathons on the street where he lives in Sheffield.

 

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Taking inspiration from Captain Sir Tom Moore and known as ‘Captain Tobias,’ the youngster initially set out to raise £500 ($654, €556 or درهم2,400) for the Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital and the Paces special school – which he attends. He covered a total of 52 miles during the challenge.

 

As of this morning, this cheerful chap has utterly smashed that sum and on his JustGiving page has amassed over £144,000 ($188,000, €160,000 or درهم692,000) in donations. He even attracted the support of fellow Dee-dar and Olympian Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE and of him, she commented:

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“As a patron of the children’s hospital just to see what he’s achieved so far is incredible. And then he sent me a message on Twitter saying: ‘Would I like to join him today and have a bit of a race with him?’ – but he wouldn’t give me a head-start. So, I had to take him up on that challenge.”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast of his achievement, Weller remarked:

 

“It feels amazing to have completed both marathons. “I feel fantastic. Thank you for clapping and cheering me every step of the way. You are all awesome. I love doing challenges so who knows what will be around the next corner?”

 

To donate to Tobias Weller’s fundraiser, click here.

 

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Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.

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