Marie Curie raises £6m with Tesco partnership

Retailer more than doubled fundraising target for cancer charity

Marie Curie Cancer Care received £6.1m as Tesco's charity of the year in 2008, the organisations have announced.

The amount is the largest the supermarket has raised so far through the scheme, and is more than double the £2.5m target set for the partnership.

The fundraising total was boosted by a £500,000 ‘top-up' from the Tesco Charity Trust.

The money will fund the charity's nursing service for cancer patients who have chosen to die at home.

A Marie Curie Cancer Care spokesman said: "We aim to double the number of people with terminal illnesses who have the choice to die at home. This money will help towards that target."

Last month, Tesco announced that the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign would be its charity of the year for 2009.

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