Cancer charity announces Irish expansion

Breast Cancer Campaign, which funds medical research into breast cancer, has announced that it is to expand into the Republic of Ireland.

The charity, which currently funds 95 projects throughout the UK worth nearly £12m, will initially be inviting grant applications from researchers in the republic, but a spokeswoman confirmed that it also intends to start fundraising there.

“We want to get more people from fundraising and research points of view involved,” she said. “People are incentivised to give when they know the money is going to local projects.”

She said the charity, which is already active in Northern Ireland, was raising more money each year and was keen to fund more projects and raise its profile.

Pamela Goldberg, chief executive at Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “The talent pool in the Republic of Ireland has been identified as important to the future of breast cancer research, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

The charity’s spokeswoman said it had not discussed its expansion plans with its Irish equivalent, Action Breast Cancer, which is part of the Irish Cancer Society.

“We are all working for the same cause,” she said. “Our move into Ireland will be a good thing because there will be more money available for research.”

John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said he welcomed any investment in cancer research in Ireland. He said his own charity would continue to support research through direct and indirect funding.

Applications for grants from Breast Cancer Campaign will be open from January 2008, with funding available from May.

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