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Tobias Weller receives medal in the New Year Honours

Tobias Weller walking with crutches
Tobias Weller walking with crutches Image credit: bbc.co.uk

An 11 year-old from Sheffield has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours.

Tobias Weller, who has cerebral palsy and autism, made a name for himself during lockdowns when he followed in the footsteps of Captain Tom Moore to raise money for charity.

In September the youngster completed an Ironman challenge for Paces School, which he attends and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Tobias raised over £157,000 for the local good causes and will meet The Queen later this year when he becomes the youngest recipient of the BEM and the youngest person in history to make the honours list.

Weller told the BBC:  "My mum [Ruth Garbutt] told me about the honour on Christmas day and I thought 'wow, I'm actually going to get an honour from Her Majesty the Queen'.

"I'm chuffed to bits to be the youngest recipient of such an incredible honour."

He added: "I will receive the medal from the Lord Lieutenant at a local ceremony but I'll also be invited to attend a royal garden party."

Tobias, who starts secondary school in September, is gearing up for his next fundraising challenge, the ‘T In The Park’ walk.

His mum, Ms Garbutt, said: "I'm so pleased for him. Tobias works hard every single day of his life and he's done so much fundraising and it's been recognised beautifully.

"I'm a little bit overwhelmed."

Tobias Weller announced his Ironman challenge during the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show in December 2020, when he won the inaugural Captain Sir Tom Moore Young Unsung Hero Award.

Tobias Weller was nicknamed "Captain" after he was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.