Canoe trek for The Voice singer

David Julien
David Julien

FORMER The Voice contestant David Julien is planning a double challenge to raise money for charity.

The 25-year-old from Leigh, who made it through to the live finals in series one, will complete the three peaks challenge in 24 hours AND THEN will canoe along the 60-mile Caledonian Canal in Scotland.

He will be joined by pal Mark McKeever, 25, of Astley, in July to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

David said: “We have both completed challenges for The Alzheimer’s Society before, walking across the country, and cycled from Leigh to Barcelona.

“We enjoy the challenges we face, so we decided to make it almost an annual thing. The only other logical mode of transport left was water.

“Swimming the channel was too much training to fit into our schedules. Then someone suggested canoeing the Caledonian Canal.

“Mark and I decided that would be too easy so we decided to complete the National Three Peaks challenge too.

“Fort William is nice and close to the last Mountain of the Three Peaks, so it worked out perfectly.

“My nan, Johanna Lynch, is in advanced stages of dementia, and Mark’s grandma, Rita McKeever, died as a result of the illness.”

Since leaving The Voice, David quit his supermarket job and has been enjoying a prolific music career.

As well as writing for a Russian producer, he has opened up for Dione Warrick at the Hippodrome, in London, and Leona Lewis at Kew Gardens, He has also played alongside Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt, and also his son Rick Parfitt Jnr, as well as the old bassist for Cee Lo Green and the keys player for James Morrison.

He has toured many big venues in the UK, as well as worldwide, including Indonesia and France.

He said: “I have been forming alliances with musicians, and concentrating on writing my own material for release/co-write.”

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