Two cancer research charities based in the north west of England have merged.
North West Cancer Research Fund and Clatterbridge Cancer Research have come together to form North West Cancer Research Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research. The new charity will be led by Anne Jackson, chief executive of NWCRF, and will be based at its offices in Liverpool.
Clatterbridge Cancer Research was founded by clinicians in the 1980s to support cancer research at Clatterbridge Hospital in Bebington, Merseyside. NWCRF was founded in 1948 as Friends of the Liverpool Radium Institute and now has nearly 40 NWCRF branches across the north west.
NWCRF had an income of £960,000 in 2011/12 and Clatterbridge Cancer Research had an income of £1.14m, according to the Charity Commission. CCR employed three members of staff and NWCRF had five. All eight staff members will be retained because there was no crossover of roles, a spokesman for the charities said.
John Lewys-Lloyd, chairman of NWCRF, and Geoff Greenwood, chairman of CCR, will be joint chairs of the charity.
The charities said they decided to join forces in order to broaden the scope of their research.
Michael Potts, president of NWCRF, said: "The activities of both charities complement each other and it makes sense to merge. We are all delighted that the merger has taken place and we look forward to an exciting and rewarding future."
Greenwood said: "Given the local incidence of cancer, it is critical that the North West remains at the forefront of cancer research. This merger enables our charity to fulfill this role and provide a worthwhile function for local people."