The last few months of lockdown have been filled with incredible stories of challenges to raise money for our NHS and support those struggling the most through coronavirus. Tobias’ is one of those amazing stories.
Nine-year-old, Tobias Weller, from Sheffield, suffers with cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame to move around. At the beginning of lockdown, Tobias was inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s achievements, and decided to walk a marathon raising money for Sheffield Children's Hospital and Paces School.
Before the lockdown began, Tobias could only walk for about 50m a day; some 70 days later he completed a full 26.2-miler on the street outside his home in Sheffield.
Captain Tobias, as his supporters call him, has since raised £100,000, smashing his initial £500 target.
On Monday 8 June, Captain Tobias received a message from Captain Tom, who said, '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.'
‘I'm bursting with pride for my little boy,’ says Ruth Garbutt, Tobias’ mother, told BBC News.
‘He's tried so hard all the way through, and he’s really achieved a massive goal,’ she says.
As Tobias completed his challenge, well-wisher neighbours came out of their homes to cheer him on and celebrate his achievement.
The Sheffield police closed off the road where Tobias lives so that they could hang bunting and balloons for the final 750m.
Tobias said: ‘I can’t believe I completed a marathon. It's just awesome.
‘I love it when my neighbours clap and cheer for me and getting stronger and stronger every day is such a good feeling.’
Ms Garbutt also said that they were going to continue walking and would now aim to reach 50km.
Olympic heptathlon champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill joined in the celebrations sending a video message wishing him luck.
She said: ‘I have been following your story and I just want to say I think you are absolutely incredible.’
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