The new organisation will keep the name The Brain Tumour Charity and will become the largest charity in its field and the second largest in the world, based on annual income and the amount of research it funds, the organisations said.
The pair said the merger, which will be completed on 1 March, meant they could consolidate resources, allowing them to invest more in research, offer more services and raise awareness.
The Brain Tumour Charity, which changed its name last year from the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, has an annual turnover of £2.3m; Brain Tumour UK’s annual turnover is slightly lower at £2.2m.
The charities employ 20 people each. According to a spokeswoman, no redundancies are envisaged in the near future. "Nobody will lose their job – it was part of the deal," she said.
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, will stay in post to lead the new charity. Its former chair, Neil Dickson, will become vice chair. Andy Foote, chair of Brain Tumour UK, will become chair of the new charity and Jenny Baker, Brain Tumour UK’s former chief executive, has retired.
The new trustee board will be made up of 14 people split evenly between both charities.
Lindsell said the merger came at a critical time. "There are an incredible number of world-class research projects available for funding that could improve our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours," she said.
Many of the UK’s brain tumour charities have been formed by the families of loved ones who have lost their lives to the disease.
Some of these become ‘supporter charities’ that raise money, such as the Christopher Clarke Cancer Research Fund, which merged into The Brain Tumour Charity last year.