Breast Cancer Now loses a quarter of its staff after merger

The charity was launched in April after the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Now
Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now has lost about a quarter of its staff in a bid to remove duplicate job roles at the newly formed charity.

The breast cancer research charity, which was launched in April after the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, had a combined total of 212 staff according to the two charities’ most recent accounts.

Breast Cancer Now was unwilling to confirm how many people have been made redundant, where the duplications of posts were and how many people it employs. But a statement from Fiona Hazell, director of communications and engagement at Breast Cancer Now, said there had been a reduction of about 25 per cent in the number of posts because of the merger process.

Some but not all of these job losses had been through redundancy, she said.

"The intention of our merger has always been to create a breast cancer research charity of scale by bringing people, resources and ideas from both charities together in order to end breast cancer," she said. "However, using our supporters’ money as efficiently as possible has always been critical, so where resources were duplicated we have sought to reduce these, including making redundancies."

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the new charity, wrote in a recent blog for The Guardian newspaper's website: "While building a structure that would enable us to realise our strategic vision was crucial, saying goodbye to close colleagues – some of whom had been with our legacy organisations for over a decade – was really hard."

It was announced in November that the two charities, which have a combined annual income of £28.3m, would merge.

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