Royle Family star joins Hillsborough charity bid

Sue Johnston Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Royle Family star Sue Johnston will join Peep Show and Phoenix Nights actor Neil Fitzmaurice and former England rugby player Steve Prescott for the start of a charity bike ride in memory of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

This year's Ride for the 96 will be held today, with participants cycling one kilometre for every life lost during the stadium tragedy, during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, held in Sheffield 24 years ago.

Around 250 riders will participate in this year's ride, with more than £10,000 already raised for the charities.