ABOUT £3,500 was raised by people in York for Marie Curie over the course of the Tour de France Grand Départ.

Marie Curie was the official charity partner of the Grand Départ and had more than 60 volunteers at supporter hubs in the city collecting donations and giving out our commemorative Le Tour wristbands.

Natalie Atherley, community fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "The atmosphere across York was one of overwhelming support for all things Le Tour.

"Everyone was extremely generous, and the money raised in York will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to terminally people and emotional support to their families at a time when they need it most.

"Just £20 pays one hour of care from a Marie Curie Nurse, and the £3,500 raised in York will fund an extra 175 hours of home nursing care for all terminally ill people from Marie Curie Nurses in the local area."