9-year-old Tobias Weller named in England's Lionhearts squad

Tobias Weller from Sheffield has raised almost £150,000 for charity. Credit: PA Images

'Captain’ Tobias Weller from Sheffield has become the second member of the England Lionhearts squad, after completing an inspiring marathon and raising almost £150,000 for charity.

The Lionhearts initiative aims to pay homage to 23 inspirational individuals who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic and honour lockdown heroes.

Tobias set himself a target to complete a full marathon by walking up and down his street every day. The 9-year-old has cerebral palsy, but he didn't let that hold him back. At the start, Tobias could walk a maximum of 50 metres, but through his own determination and spirit, was soon completing up to 750 metres each day.

As he passed the finishing line for his 79-day marathon, cheered on by a crowd of local friends and family, his Lionhearts shirt was ready and waiting to be presented to him along with a message from his hero captain, Sir Tom Moore.

Ruth Garbutt, Tobias’ mother, said:

To be a part of the Lionhearts squad for Tobias, it’s just such a massive achievement for him. I’m so, so proud of him and what he’s achieved and how he’s taken it all in his stride. He’s shown great determination and character and I always knew he was going to do some great things with his life, but I just didn’t realise he was going to do them when he was nine-years-old.

Ruth Garbutt

Tobias has already received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.