A FORMER graduate of Wallsend Boys’ Club has been given a top award for his charity work.
Former Newcastle United defender Robbie Elliott has been named the North East Football Writers’ Association’s Personality of the Year, which is given in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
He will receive the award at a dinner at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, which will raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and over the last three years the event has brought in more than £12,000 for the north east cancer charity.
Robbie received a landslide vote in recognition of his great efforts raising money to fight cancer through ‘Bike For Bobby’, a 3,500-mile cycle ride between all the clubs managed by the footballing legend.
Robbie said: “I’m really honoured to be chosen for this award, in fact, I was blown away when I was told about it.
“Bike for Bobby is something I’m very proud of but it really was an amazing team effort.
“Phil Gray who cycled every mile with me, my trainer Nick Grantham and the support team on the road and back at home, all volunteered their time to help make Bike For Bobby a success.
“They were amazing, so really, this award is for them as much as me and I’m pleased to say thanks from all of us.”