Local cancer charities announce merger
Two cancer charities have merged in a bid to make a greater difference to the lives of those living with and beyond cancer.
Weston Park Cancer Charity and Weston Park Cancer Support Centre have today announced that they have now merged as one organisation following a unanimous decision by both boards of trustees.
Weston Park Cancer Charity is committed to fund things the NHS cannot, and raises over £2million every year to provide; practical help to those in need, emotional support to those in despair and enhanced care for those who need it most. It currently invests over £250,000 for the hospital’s Cancer Support Centre, which handles over 12,000 requests for advice and support a year.
There are more people in the UK living with cancer now than at any time in our history and by 2020 it is expected that cancer will affect one in every two of us. Therefore the need for high-quality cancer support services such as those provided by The Cancer Support Centre will increase; the vision of trustees is to create a stronger organisation to respond to this need.
In a joint statement, Weston Park Cancer Charity CEO, Samantha Dixon and her counterpart Karen Holmes said: ‘Both charities have worked very closely together over a number of years and have provided mutual support to one-another over this time. The decision to merge is based on an overwhelming desire to increase the extent and range of services provided by both organisations to benefit cancer patients across the region and trustees believe this can be better achieved as one organisation.”
There will be no redundancies as a result of the merger and the charity will continue to support all existing services.
For supporters of Weston Park Cancer Charity and clients of The Cancer Support Centre, little will change initially; in time the merger will look at how both charities can continue to recognise the emerging needs of a diverse range of cancer patients and develop services which respond to these needs.