Tobias overwhelmed by statue nomination by fellow nine-year old

Our very own Tobias says he is “chuffed to bits” at being called an inspiration by another nine-year-old boy from the city.

Prep 3 (Year 5) pupils at Birkdale Prep School in Sheffield have been completing a lockdown learning project of choosing who from the city most deserves a statue – and Tobias was chosen by William who drew an illustration of what he thought the tribute should look like. Explaining why, he said:

“I think you definitely deserve a statue in Sheffield because you are an inspiration to everyone, especially children. You have walked two marathons and you’ve raised so much money for your School and the Children’s Hospital, which will help lots of children. What you have done must have been very hard, but you haven’t let your age or any difficulties you face stop you.”

Seeing William’s choice and design on social media, Tobias’s mum said she was blown away by the fact her son had inspired others his age. In a video message for William, Tobias said:

“I was amazed to see the brilliant artwork that was created. When I saw that he had nominated me it made me feel magnificent – I was chuffed to bits! Thanks Will, you rock.”

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