Charities announce collaboration

Leukaemia Care and the Lymphoma Association will work together on projects with common goals, but will remain separate organisations

Leukaemia Care and the Lymphoma Association have agreed to collaborate on projects but will not merge, the charities have announced.

The two organisations, which each have incomes of about £1m, published a joint statement last week saying they had formed a strategic alliance to "explore common ground, pool resources and avoid duplication of services".

Melanie Burfitt, chief executive of the association, said the move had been prompted by the economic downturn and a growing understanding that the charities shared some common goals.

They recently organised a joint conference in Cardiff and are likely to organise similar events in future. They also plan to jointly produce literature for patients.

"We have put our toe in the water with this strategic alliance and see where we can cooperate and share resources, but we are conscious that we need to keep our separate identities to fundraise effectively," said Burfitt.

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