Blood cancer charity set to make redundancies after £7m loss of income

The blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan has said 29 of its staff are at risk of redundancy as it responds to £7m in lost income caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity, which employs 370 people, is proposing changes to its organisational structure in response to what it described as a new operating environment, and to reduce costs due to the expected lost income this financial year.  

In a statement on its website, the charity said the changes would allow it to continue to be there for patients, offering support services, and maintain its research and lifesaving work matching stem cell donors with people in need of transplants. 

The charity also said that the majority of changes were in line with a strategic shift in its operating model. 

Other changes have been proposed to the fundraising department in light of the financial impact of the pandemic, and the loss of fundraising income, particularly from events.  

Henny Braund, chief executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “The world in which we are operating is changing at a pace and scale that no one could have predicted. We work with brilliant and talented colleagues which has made the decision to drive structural change all the more difficult.”

Braund said the organisation had to evolve to ensure it continued to be there for patients in the future.

“We need to ensure our hard earned funds are used to support this work and the critical research that will improve the chances for patients. The proposals set out a clear plan for our new business model, and we are working to support any staff who may be affected as a result of the proposals and these difficult times”. 

The charity expects the changes under these proposals to have been completed by the end of October.


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