Sheffield’s ‘Captain’ Tobias enjoys tea with royals at Buckingham Palace’s garden party

Tobias Weller, 11, has already raised more than £150,000 for charity by completing two marathons and a grueling triathlon that includes a 112-mile tricycle ride, and earlier this year he became the youngest-ever British Empire Medal winner.

In his latest adventure, the indomitable lad has met the Princess Royal, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall after accepting an invitation to Buckingham Palace.

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Sheffield’s own fundraising legend “Captain” Tobias Weller has been invited to Buckingham Palace for the first royal tea party since 2019.

Tobias said: “It was incredible. I still can’t believe it’s true and I actually have to go to Buckingham Palace.

“I met all the royals who were there and spoke to every one of them – Charles, Camilla and Anne.”

“I’ve chatted with everyone, but Anne was my favourite. We talked about her 1971 Sportswoman of the Year award.”

In December 2020, Tobias, who has cerebral palsy and autism, won the inaugural Captain Sir Tom Moore Young Unsung Hero Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.

His exploits in raising more than £157,000 for Paces School, where he is a student, and The Children’s Hospital Charity in his hometown of Sheffield saw him become the youngest person ever to be on the roll of honor when it was revealed, that he was to receive the British Empire Medal.

On his trip to the castle, Tobias was even allowed to try to conduct the brass band present after the conductor had handed him the baton.

Tobias said: “A lot of people recognized me and congratulated me on my fundraiser. I felt great.

“I totally felt like royalty, it was such a magical afternoon.”

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, garden parties had not taken place at the Queen’s house for three years.

The Queen was not present due to her mobility issues.

He asks each and every one to travel 1km – or as far as possible – in a way that is challenging for them.

He said he will start the event and complete his kilometer in his walker at Endcliffe Park on May 21, stressing he will be “deeply pleased” if other people could do it from May 21-28, when whatever they wanted.

“I’ve had messages from people in Australia, New Zealand and even the Maldives who will be getting involved and helping me raise awareness about the lack of inclusive playgrounds,” Tobias said.

“But if you want to raise money for your own local charity, that’s great too. Just make sure you share photos or videos with me please. Let’s do it massively.”

Tobias earned the nickname “Captain” after being inspired by his hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore, to help raise funds during the pandemic lockdowns.

Tobias’ most recent challenge was an Ironman completed over the course of a year, which included 180km on his trike, 4km swim and running a full marathon.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Tobias in the Park or making a donation to make playgrounds more accessible can find out more at

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