'Captain' Tobias closes down fundraising page as he smashes £150,000 - and donates money to two Sheffield charities

Seven months after he began fundraising, Sheffield’s ‘Captain’ Tobias Weller has brought his fundraising challenge to an end – having smashed his target by 300 times.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 8:23 am

Tobias caught the attention of the nation earlier this year when he began taking on Marathon Challenges in aid of this two favourite charities, hoping to raise £250 for each.

Tobias – who has Cerebral Palsy and Autism, and cannot walk or stand unaided – walked an incredible 26.2 miles in March, April, and May, and ran a further marathon using a race runner in June and July, culminating in a Yorkshire Day finish on August 1 alongside Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Now, 213 days after his fundraising began, his page for donations has closed having raised an incredible £150,000 from over 6,000 supporters.

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Tobias presents the cheque to Ruth, headteacher at Paces School

The money is being split between his Paces School, the special school where he is a pupil, and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he regularly visits for treatment.

“Boom! I cannot believe how much money I have raised and am chuffed to bits so many people have supported me over the past few months,” Tobias said, as he handed the cheque over to representatives from both charities.

"Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on and donated.”

His mum, Ruth, said: “£150,000 is a massive amount of money and I am so proud of Tobias and everything he has achieved.

Tobias is presented with some gifts from Paces school, including his framed Sheffield Star front page, from earlier in the summer

"There was no way in the world we would have predicted how much support he has had - from sporting legends to the police, our friends and family to our neighbours.

"I am so grateful to everyone for their help, kindness and generosity.”

While Tobias has decided to end this stage of his fundraising, he insists this isn’t the end of his challenges.

He has decided to take on a third marathon – this time using a new trike, bought by Sheffield firm Jiraffe.

Tobias and his mum, with representatives of Paces and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, receiving the cheque at Paces School this morning.

Ruth added: “First and foremost, this is a challenge for Tobias’ he is so motivated and just wants to keep going.”

Tobias’s school, Paces, teaches children life-changing skills using conductive education - such as sitting, standing, walking, speaking, communication and self-care - in an environment they can have fun, develop friendships, and feel like they belong.

Speaking about the £75,000 donation from Tobias from his challenges, Julie Booth, head of fundraising at Paces, said: “The amount of money Tobias has raised thanks to his incredible efforts is staggering.

"We are so grateful to him and his family for everything they have done – he’s an inspiration to us all.

Tobias presents the cheque to Paces School headteacher, Ruth Liu

“The money will go towards our campaign to build a new home for Paces School allowing us to support many more children and young people in the future.

"It will make a huge difference.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity’s director, David Vernon-Edwards, added: “It’s been amazing to watch what Tobias has achieved, and it’s been such an inspiration for everybody involved.

“The money will go towards special projects that Tobias, and children like Tobias, will be benefit from, and we’re going to be working hard to make those a reality.

"We’re excited about what we’re going to be able to achieve with this money.”

Ever the gentleman, Tobias handed out flowers to some of his supporters, thanking them for their efforts in recent months
Tobias is presented with some gifts from Paces school, including his framed Sheffield Star front page, from earlier in the summer
Tobias and his mum, with representatives of Paces and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, receiving the cheque at Paces School this morning.