Pedal power for a good cause

Great Britain's Chris Froome leads Sky Procycling in the 2013 Tour de France, in Nice.

Great Britain's Chris Froome leads Sky Procycling in the 2013 Tour de France, in Nice.

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Workers at a Blackpool business will be getting in the saddle this week in aid of Marie Curie.

Staff at Yorkshire Building Society, Birley Street, will pedal 190km, the distance of the first stage of the Tour de France, the Grand Depart, on Friday, on a static bike.

The event is in aid of Hour of Need – a fund-raising campaign by Yorkshire Building Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise £500,000 by December 2016, which equates to funding an hour of care by a Marie Curie nurse for every hour of the campaign.

Alison Briggs, branch manager, said: “As Yorkshire Building Society is an official supporter of the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart and Marie Curie is the official charity partner, it made sense to set ourselves a cycling challenge.”