The youngest recipient of honors, Captain Tobias, receives his BEM from a royal visitor

An inspirational fundraiser, Captain Tobias received his British Empire Medal (BEM) from the Countess of Wessex, who joked that the youngest person to make the honors list might need a new one house to fit all his rewards.

The ceremony at Tobias Weller’s school in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, comes just a week after the 11-year-old was named young fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Britain Awards.

Tobias, who has cerebral palsy and autism, has raised over £158,000 for Paces School, where he is a student, and The Children’s Hospital Charity, in his hometown of Sheffield, through a series of epic challenges.

His achievements were recognized at the highest level when he became the youngest recorded person to chart, when it was announced in December that he was to receive the BEM.

Tobias Weller receives his BEM

‘Captain’ Tobias Weller with his mother Ruth Garbutt (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Countess of Wessex presented her medal to Tobias at the brand new Paces School site in Sheffield on Thursday.

Sophie told her, “You are the youngest person to ever receive this very, very special award and it is incredibly well deserved. You have done such amazing things. Well done.”

She told him, “I think we’ll see you get more rewards, but I’m not sure there are many more rewards left for you.”

Tobias was accompanied by his mother, Ruth Garbutt, and the royal visitor asked, “Do you think mum needs a prize too?”, prompting cheers and applause in the room.

Sophie said, “You are a special young man. It is such an honor for me to present this award to you as well, which you will wear with pride.

Sophie asked Tobias how many trophies he now had on his shelf and, after a pause to think, he said, “Loading.”

Tobias Weller receives his BEM

Tobias Weller received his medal at his school in Sheffield (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The royal visitor joked that Tobias might have to expand his trophy shelf in a cabinet, or even move.

Tobias told Sophie, “It’s a privilege to have received such an honor and I feel absolutely magnificent.

“I really can’t believe I’m the youngest person in British history to receive such an honour.”

Tobias was nicknamed “Captain” after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore to start fundraising during the pandemic lockdowns.

He met his hero when he won the inaugural Captain Sir Tom Moore Young Unsung Hero Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 event.

Tobias’ challenges included an Ironman, completed over the course of a year, involving 180 km (112 miles) on his tricycle, a 4 km (2.5 mile) swim and running a full marathon.

Tobias Weller receives his BEM

The Countess of Wessex presents Tobias with her medal (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

And his latest campaign has been to make playgrounds more accessible, encouraging people to walk a kilometer (0.6 mile) in the wackiest way they can imagine.

Mrs. Garbutt said; “I am, once again, touched by the accomplishments of my wonderful son.

“He doesn’t stop and takes on every new challenge with the determination to succeed.

“I am delighted that his achievements have been recognized and to receive a medal from the British Empire is such an honour.

“I’m so proud of him.”

Julie Booth, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Paces School, said, “We are absolutely thrilled and want to congratulate Tobias on receiving his BEM award today.

“It is so deserved as he has worked tirelessly with his fundraising for Paces and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

“Tobias funds were used for our NewHomeForPaces appeal as we transferred our children to their new school earlier this week and will make a huge difference in the lives of the families we support.

“Tobias, we are incredibly proud of you. To have accomplished so much at such a young age is absolutely amazing. Thank you for all you have done to support our association. »

Ruth Brown, chief executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We have been absolutely blown away by Tobias’ incredible fundraising efforts and are delighted that he is getting the recognition he deserves.

“The money he raised is already making such a difference for patients.

“I joined Reece Goodwin, the Tobias-funded physiotherapist, and saw for myself how his exercise sessions help youngsters gain strength, mobility and confidence.

“With Tobias’ help, we will be able to improve the lives of so many children and young people.”

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