Robbie Elliott with Ant and Dec

Celebrity Newcastle fans Ant and Dec have raced to back former Toon favourite Robbie Elliott in his bid to Bike For Bobby.

This autumn Elliott will cycle 3,500 miles from Lisbon to Tyneside raising funds for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

And Dec said: "We were huge fans of Sir Bobby Robson and were lucky enough to meet him and get to know him.

"He was a great man and his charity continues to do amazing things in his name, which is what he wanted."

Ant added: "Unfortunately everyone is affected by cancer at some point in their lives in one way or another.

"We really admire Robbie's commitment to raising funds to fight cancer and wish him the very best of luck with Bike For Bobby."

Earlier this month Elliott came through his first 120-mile ride from Edinburgh to Newcastle alongside fellow Bike For Bobby rider Phil Gray.

"I was a little saddle sore but it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated," said the former Newcastle, Sunderland, Bolton and Hartlepool favourite.

"The thing is I have to do that kind of distance every day for more than three weeks during Bike For Bobby!

"To have the likes of Ant and Dec in my corner is a massive boost. I've known the pair of them for years but it's still incredibly kind of them to support me at this time."

To make a donation to Bike For Bobby text TREF03 to 70070. For further details on the event and to check out a new video teaser visit www.robbieelliottfoundation.com