A FORMER Premiership footballer who got on his bike to help raise money for his charity, has thanked pupils at a school for their support.
Former Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland defender Robbie Elliott dropped into Marden High School in North Shields to talk to students about his mammoth bike ride.
The 38-year-old completed a 3,500-mile bike ride along with his friend Phil Gray as part of the ‘Bike for Bobby’ challenge.
The pair started off in Lisbon, Portugal, and cycled to all eight of the football clubs managed by the late Sir Bobby Robson, finishing at his spiritual home of St James’ Park.
Robbie has set up his own charity, the Robbie Elliott Foundation, which is raising money for both the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
And while they were on the epic ride, pupils at Marden High School raised nearly £1,000 through a variety of events, including a non-uniform day.
Last Friday, Robbie visited the school to collect the cheque and talk to the students about his marathon fundraising journey.
Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “Initially it was one of our students who brought Robbie’s fundraising activities to our attention, and through that a non-uniform day was organised to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
“All this took place while Robbie was on his bike ride, so the fact that he came into school last Friday to speak to the students and collect the cheque is a great reward for all their fundraising efforts.”
As well as presenting the cheque, students were also raising funds for Children in Need with a giant pyjama party.