Cancer Black Care's acting chief executive has resigned, reportedly to set up a rival BME health charity.
Tony Morrison's departure on 7 October and the almost simultaneous departure of its cancer information officer means that Cancer Black Care, which provides support for BME people affected by the disease, faces the rest of the year with a skeleton staff of five.
Morrison was also the charity's services development manager, a role that focused on raising funds for a full-time chief executive.
He had taken on additional duties to become acting chief executive after the charity's founding chief executive Isaac Dweben left in October 2003.
Morrison quit just days after an extraordinary general meeting was held to discuss staffing levels and finance.
Chairman Dr Frank Chinegwundoh said he understood Morrison had resigned to set up "a charity to support BME health needs".
Another meeting of Cancer Black Care's trustees today will decide whether it makes financial sense to hire a full-time chief executive for a maximum of eight employees.
Chinegwundoh issued a call for sustainable funding for the charity at the fringe Britain Against Cancer conference in London last week.
Morrison could not be reached for comment.