Leicester cancer care charities to merge

Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer and the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group, which both work from Leicester Royal Infirmary, will maintain their own branding

Two cancer care charities that operate in the same hospital building have agreed to merge.

Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer, a membership body for professionals who care for young people, which registered as a charity only last year, will dissolve its existing structure to allow a merger with the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group next year.

The charities, which work from the same building in Leicester Royal Infirmary, will maintain their own branding but combine backroom duties and "behind-the-scenes infrastructure", according to a joint statement.

The CCLG has 15 staff and TYAC employs one person. A spokeswoman for the charities said no redundancies were expected as a result of the merger.

Dr Dave Hobin, the chair of TYAC and a consultant paediatric oncologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, told Third Sector that discussions about a merger began in early 2017, before TYAC members overwhelmingly backed the proposal in October.

The latest accounts filed with the Charity Commission show that the CCLG's income was £1.8m in 2016, a rise of more than £1m on the year before as the charity expanded its research work. TYAC was registered with the regulator in May 2016 and reported an income of £129,470 and expenditure of £140,553 in the year to the end of March.

"I am delighted we are now in a position to move forward and forge our collaboration with the CCLG," said Hobin. "As a membership organisation, we always aim to provide our members with the latest research and best-practice guidance in the field. This partnership will dramatically increase the resources we are able to provide to our members and, ultimately, help to improve the care they give.

"I am now more confident than ever about the future of TYAC and how we can ensure the best care and opportunities for young people with cancer."

Ashley Gamble, executive director of the CCLG, said the closer collaboration of the two charities would "ensure that all children, teenagers and young adults with cancer receive the best possible treatment and care".

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