Jiraffe proud to support Captain Tobias’s new fundraising mission

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We’re so proud to have supported inspirational Sheffield nine-year-old, ‘Captain’ Tobias Weller, as he took on a new fundraising mission as part of a team which ‘virtually’ cycled 480 miles to raise funds for his school.

The youngster, who lives with cerebral palsy and autism, joined staff at East Midlands Designer Outlet’s Converse Store in Derbyshire for his latest fundraising challenge.

The team cycled the equivalent distance from the store to the firm’s head office in Hilversum, Holland, to raise funds for Paces, a specialist centre, school and charity who support children and adults with neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, MS, Stroke, and Parkinson’s.

We were particularly proud to have supplied Tobias with a specially-designed Rifton Tricycle for him to take on his latest mission – even more so now that we have gifted Tobias the trike permanently, for him to use either at home or at school!

Jiraffe Director, Holly Jenkins, said: “We’re so proud to have played a part in enabling Tobias to take on his latest fundraising mission!

“I’m over the moon that we’ve now also been able to gift the specially-designed Rifton Tricycle to Tobias for him to use in future.

“Paces is such an amazing venture which deserves as much support as possible. They provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable young people in our region – making Tobias’ fundraising efforts all the more significant.

“We’d like to congratulate Tobias and everyone involved in this latest incredible effort and wish them all the best in their mission to raise further funds and awareness for a fantastic cause.”

At the start of lockdown, Tobias made national headlines by raising almost £150,000 for The Children’s Hospitals Charity and Paces. The likes of This Morning and Sky News covered his story as, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, he went on to complete two 26.2-mile marathon challenges to raise vital funds and awareness for both charities.

Despite his own personal challenge, Tobias first walked the distance of a marathon, before then taking on a second challenge using a Race Runner. He also completed both challenges in his favourite shoes – his Converse Chucks – hence the link to the brand’s nearest store at the East Midlands Designer Outlet near Alfreton in north Derbyshire.

During his latest fundraising mission, Tobias said: “Thanks Jiraffe for the trike – I’m loving using it!

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“I love raising money for Paces School, it makes me feel awesome, and it’s amazing to be doing it in my favourite shoes, too – I’m chuffed to bits!”

Ruth Garbutt, Tobias’s mum, said: “I’m delighted that, following his marathons, Tobias is getting so many opportunities.

“He really enjoyed joining in the sponsored bike ride. We really appreciate the fundraising efforts from the staff at Converse.

“For Jiraffe to donate the tricycle to Tobias is brilliant too, they have been so generous and, as you can imagine, he’s chuffed to bits!”

Julie Booth, Head of Fundraising at Paces, said: “We’re so grateful to Tobias and his family for everything that he’s done for us in the last few months – his efforts have been incredible.

“The funds he has raised will make a huge difference to us, with this latest mission with the team at the Converse Store adding to an already incredible amount raised for our charity in recent times.”

Paces has recently launched a fundraising campaign to raise £3.5 million towards a brand-new home, which will allow it to support up to three times as many families with the hope of no longer having to turn families away.  

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