Two of the UK’s leading Brain Tumour charities - Brain Tumour UK and the Joseph Foote Trust - announced today that they are in advanced talks about joining forces.
Brain Tumour UK is the UK-wide caring charity committed to fighting brain tumours and runs more support groups than any other brain tumour charity.
As part of the deal, the smaller Joseph Foote Trust will become part of the larger Brain Tumour UK, combining their strengths in fundraising and patient support programmes.
It will also intensify their commitment to funding research to expedite better diagnosis and treatments.
Jenny Baker, who will remain chief executive of the new Brain Tumour UK, said: “The Joseph Foote Trust have been hugely successful in raising and investing vital funds in ground breaking brain tumour research.
“By consolidating our resources and experience, we will be able to have a greater impact on more people affected by brain tumours and become a new force in the sector.”
The two charities have already been working closely over the last year as part of the Brain Tumour Consortium, most recently campaigning for brain tumour survival rates to be improved, in line with the European average.
Chief executive and chair Andy Foote and two other Trustees from The Joseph Foote Trust will join the new, larger Brain Tumour UK trustee board in June 2012.
Both charities have an agreement from their Boards of Trustees to incorporate the Joseph Foote Trust into Brain Tumour UK on 1 April 2012.
Despite 40 people being diagnosed every day in the UK with a primary brain tumour, only 2% of all cancer research funding in the UK goes to brain tumour research.