Captain Tom congratulates 9-year-old from Sheffield who has raised over £100,000

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A nine-year-old boy from Sheffield has now raised £100,000 walking a marathon with the support of his walker frame.

Tobias Weller, who has cerebral palsy, completed the final 750metres of his 70-day challenge to walk the full marathon distance on his street to the cheers of dozens of his friends and neighbours.

The nine-year-old who has been dubbed Captain Tobias by his supporters -originally aimed to raise £500 after being inspired by Captain Tom Moore tocomplete what he called his 'ginormous challenge'.

Last week, he had raised around £46,000 for Sheffield Children's Hospital and his special school in the city, but the money has continued to pour in as he continued his daily walk and appeared in media across the world.

On Thursday night (4 June) his fundraising page clicked past the £100,000 mark with donations from more than 4,700 people.


Tobias Weller completed his marathon challenge and has hit the £100,000 mark.

Tobias was delighted when he received a very special message from his inspiration, Sir Tom - through his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore:

"Well good morning Captain Tobias.

"On behalf of Captain Sir Tom Moore and the entire family, wow - well done.

"What an achievement. We are so, so proud of you. Have a lovely day."

Julie Booth, head of fundraising for Paces Sheffield, said:

We are so incredibly proud of Captain Tobias.

Julie Booth

Police closed off the Sheffield road on Sunday as neighbours hung bunting and balloons for the final 750m of his marathon fundraising effort.

Tobias said he felt "magnificent" that he had finished the walk and "chuffedto bits" that he had raised so much money.

Tobias's mother, Ruth Garbutt, said she was "bursting with pride" and thatthey were going to continue walking with the aim of reaching 50km.

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