We're excited to announce Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are now united to create one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer. As a result, we are now the UK's first comprehensive breast cancer charity.

From research to care, our new charity puts people affected by breast cancer at its heart — providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we have the ability to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.

 

By coming together we are stronger and speak with one clear voice for everyone affected by breast cancer — now and in the future. With our combined passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks, we'll make greater progress in more effective ways.

Together, we are united in the aim that, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and everyone will receive the support they need to live well now.

The Chair of the new charity is Jill Thompson and both Boards of Trustees were delighted to have appointed Delyth Morgan as CEO for the new charity, after Samia al Qadhi decided to step down as Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, following 25 years of dedicated service and progress for people affected by breast cancer.

Delyth Morgan has this message for supporters:

'Right now, well over half a million people are living with the devastating impact of breast cancer. And if that wasn't heart-breaking enough, by the end of the year we'll have lost around 11,500 more lives to the disease. By merging with Breast Cancer Care, we're rising to the challenge, together.

'From research to care — we have patients at our heart. Research holds the key to finding better ways to detect, prevent and treat breast cancer and we'll connect people to a network of support, build strength and empower a rapidly growing community of people living with the devastating impact of breast cancer.'

We hope the below will answer any questions you may have — what this will mean for people affected by breast cancer, our supporters and breast cancer research, and what our aims and ambitions for the new charity are.

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If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with our Supporter Care team, please don't hesitate to get in touch by calling 0345 092 0817 or emailing united@breastcancercare.org.uk

About the merger

Why did Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now decide to merge?

Both Boards of Trustees believe that by uniting around our shared ambition — that, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and everyone receives the support they need to live well now — we can achieve more together than we can apart.

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Why didn't the merger happen four years ago, when Breast Cancer Now was created from Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign?

Four years ago, there was the opportunity to merge Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign — two similar research and campaigning organisations to form Breast Cancer Now — the UK's largest breast cancer research charity. We now have the opportunity to unite two complementary charities — Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now and create one breast cancer charity in the UK for all those affected by breast cancer. This opportunity did not exist four years ago.

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What does coming together as a new charity achieve?

It creates one stronger charity in the UK for all those affected by breast cancer united around one ambition — that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well now. It brings together our combined heritage, passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks to drive greater progress through research, campaigning and support in the prevention, detection, treatment and care (physical and emotional) of every breast cancer patient, now and in the future.

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Is this a takeover?

No, it is a merger of two charities, uniting around our shared ambition — that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well now — we can achieve more together than we can apart. Our merger creates the UK's first comprehensive breast cancer charity, bringing together our combined heritage, passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks to create a stronger force for every breast cancer patient, now and in the future.

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Is this merger borne out of financial necessity?

No. Both charities are in are financially stable but we know we can achieve more together. By bringing together our passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks, we'll make greater progress in more effective ways for every breast cancer patient, now and in the future.

The merger is ultimately about growing our impact, now and in the future. However, we believe there will be financial benefits — there will be running costs across both charity operations such as two sets of London offices, two finance systems, websites, various software licences and reporting tools, which will overtime become one and create efficiencies which can be invested into other priorities. 

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What will the merged charity be called?

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now will continue to exist and operate as separate brands, under separate names, while the charities operations are merged and the merged charity's brand is developed.

We expect this process to take up to a year from November 2018. Where possible, the charities will run a dual brand approach in this time. A brand agency will be appointed shortly to take us through a brand integration process, which will draw on the key strengths of the existing brands, whilst creating a strong brand for the future.

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Our supporters and partners

How are we giving supporters the opportunity to share their views with us about our merger?

If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with our Supporter Care team, please don't hesitate to get in touch by calling 0345 092 0817 or emailing united@breastcancercare.org.uk

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Is the Helpline still running?

Yes. Being there for people, whatever stage they're at in the breast cancer journey, is a pivotal part of what Breast Cancer Care did and this will continue to be part of the new charity. 

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I have a Direct Debit/payroll gift/Standing Order with Breast Cancer Care. What happens to this now?

Your regular gift will continue to be taken in the usual way/at the usual time. The merger means that, effectively, your generous support will go even further to improve the lives of those affected by breast cancer. The need for your support remains as great as ever, so thank you for your generous support.

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I left a gift in my will to Breast Cancer Care. What happens to that now?

Your legacy will still come to the new charity and will fund vital work for all those affected by breast cancer.

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What happens to my data? Is data being merged? 

In the short-term, supporter information will remain safely held on our respective databases.

As ever, we'll continue to ensure that all supporter data is treated with the utmost care and in line with our responsibilities under GDPR. We know that our supporters trust us with their personal information and we will make sure that anyone who shares this with us can do so in the knowledge that we will keep their information safe and will respect their contact preferences.

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How will you ensure that my data is kept safe and secure?

Respecting and taking care of our supporters' information is an absolute priority. Throughout the coming months, we will continue to ensure that we work to the highest standards and meet the expectations of our supporters as well as relevant guidance and legislation.

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Our work

Will some of the work previously undertaken by the two charities be cut?

The merger is about growth in impact in the longer-term, so we aiming to grow investment in our charitable work in the future. As one new charity, we continue to give our full focus to spending supporters' money as efficiently as possible, to generate the best possible outcomes for people affected by breast cancer.

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Will there still be a focus on secondary breast cancer?

Yes. Secondary breast cancer remains a strategic priority. We hope that by coming together to create one clear voice we will be able to drive greater, much needed progress in this area. Our aim is that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well now, which means that so much of what we do now and going forward is about stopping women dying of secondary breast cancer. Whether that's finding ways to support patients' needs more effectively, and, through research and campaigning, preventing the disease spreading and developing new treatments that patients can access to give them more time to live and live well.

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How do you decide how much money is spent on research?

The Board of Trustees decides how much money should be allocated to research — they are advised by a Science Strategy Committee which includes some of our Trustees, representatives from some of our grant funding committees, other independent researchers, and at least one member with experience of breast cancer.

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Do you still fund the same sorts of research?

The Science Strategy Committee continues to advise the Board of Trustees on the balance of our expenditure on different types of research, both in terms of the research areas, and in the funding mechanisms that we use. In the short term, this balance will continue to be reviewed regularly but is unlikely to change. In the longer term, the pattern of our grant funding will be influenced by the new strategy we create as a merged charity.

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How does this merger affect corporate partnerships?

All of our donations come from the generous public and our partners, and so our corporate partnerships remain vital to our success as a new charity. With their support, we can continue our work for people affected by breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now were both supported by Asda under ‘Tickled Pink'. Will there be any changes to this partnership or the campaign now the merger has happened?

We are delighted that our long-standing partnership with Asda continues post-merger. This partnership has already shown the importance of collaboration and will continue to raise money to further breast cancer research and services.

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