SINGER Alistair Griffin joined in with the launch of a charity fundraising challenge.

The Middlesbrough-based star, who is writing the official song of the Tour de France Grand Depart, is also taking part in Marie Curie’s coast to coast challenge.

He took part in the charity’s launch event for the coast to coast, at Redcar’s vertical pier, on Tuesday (January 28).

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Marie Curie is the official charity of the Grand Depart, which will be held in July.

The coast to coast takes place in June and runs from Cumbria to the North Yorkshire coast.