Two leading charities have announced that they are to combine their organisations in the fight against breast cancer.
The move will create the UK’s largest dedicated research charity committed to treating and preventing breast cancer.
“United, we will be a stronger, more effective force committed to putting an end to breast cancer”
Joint charity statement
The merger would lead to more funds being invested in research, a more comprehensive programme of research overall and the creation of a “single voice for all those dedicated to ending breast cancer”, said the two charities.
The new organisation is expected to launch next spring with the current chief executives jointly managing the preparations for launch. The process of appointing a new chief executive will begin in January.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer raises around £17m a year via campaigns such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and is running the Breakthrough Generations Study – the world’s largest and most comprehensive study into the causes of breast cancer.
Meanwhile, Breast Cancer Campaign raises around £12m a year through campaigns such as Wear It Pink.
In a joint statement, Breakthrough chief executive Chris Askew and his counterpart Baroness Delyth Morgan said: “United, we will be a stronger, more effective force committed to putting an end to breast cancer.
“Everyone affected by breast cancer deserves to see an end to this devastating disease and by combining our energies and expertise we’ll make greater progress in more efficient ways and achieve our shared ambition that by 2050, no one will die from the disease,” said the two chief executives.
“However we do need to tackle a slow growing complacency around breast cancer – an unfounded belief that it is somehow a ‘done deal’ – and we need the brightest minds, biggest hearts and boldest influencers to join us now and help us challenge that,” they added.
The merger was welcomed by fellow charity Breast Cancer Care, which focuses on support and care, rather than research.
Its chief executive, Samia al Qadhi, said: “We are thrilled that Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign have decided to merge. Together both charities will help advance medical research and put an end to breast cancer.
“We look forward to working with our sister charity to saving and improving the lives of people affected by breast cancer across the UK,” she said.