Marie Curie Cancer Care is first Nestle charity of the year

Company aims to raise £250,000 by next April

Nestlé UK has named Marie Curie Cancer Care as its first charity of the year.

The company aims to raise £250,000 for the charity through employee fundraising events between now and April 2010 and will top up the amount raised by 20 per cent.

Marie Curie will use the funds to provide more nursing care at home for terminally ill patients.

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "The money raised by Nestlé employees will be spent in local communities across the UK, providing vital care for patients as well as emotional support and advice for their families."

Paul Grimwood, chief executive of Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: "Marie Curie Cancer Care was chosen because of the vital service its nurses provide."

Marie Curie's partnership with Tesco raised £6.1m for the charity last year.

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