Bowel disease charities to merge in bid to boost resources

Two bowel cancer and disease charities have announced they will merge next year. 

Bowel & Cancer Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation said they would form a new charity in a bid to achieve more by working together. 

The charities said that while work on the new name continued they would operate using their existing brands. 

Bowel & Cancer Research, which had an income of £1.1m in the year to the end of June 2018, has six employees, while the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, which had an income of £520,000 in 2018, has two members of staff.

The merged charity will be looking for a new chief executive because Deborah Gilbert, chief executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, has left the organisation and Peter Rowbottom, chief executive of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, will become director of fundraising at the new charity. 

As the charities are still in talks over the merger, no date has been fixed for when the new charity will be launched.

A spokeswoman said no jobs would be lost as a result of the merger and the move might lead to an increase in staff numbers in due course. 

Six trustees from each charity will transfer to become trustees of the new organisation. 

The spokeswoman said the merger would be "really good news" for the charities. 

"We both have the same aims and values, so it makes sense to continue to fund the best science; that’s what it’s all about," she said. 

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