Disability charities discuss merger to broaden user base

Disability charities Contact a Family and the Lady Hoare Trust for Physically Disabled Children are in formal discussions to merge.

The two organisations have been talking about closer collaboration for the past year, and have now established a joint merger committee, chaired by the former clerk of the City Parochial Foundation, Tim Cook.

Mike Lancaster, chair of Contact a Family, and Lady Susanna Crawford, chair of Lady Hoare Trust, issued a joint statement which said: "By coming together, we believe we can strengthen our capacity to deliver much-needed support to a greater number of parents and disabled children... by combining our resources and expertise, it is felt that a new organisation could extend direct services to many more families throughout the UK."

The Lady Hoare Trust helps children with joint or limb disabilities.

Contact a Family was formed in 1979 to provide support to families of disabled children.

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