Pancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have announced their intention to merge.
The merger will bring together the two organisations, which have the shared vision to ‘make the 2020s the decade for change for Pancreatic Cancer’.
Both organisations were founded in 2010 out of a need for a pancreatic cancer charity focussing on improving symptom awareness, early diagnosis and patient care in Scotland and the UK. They will both celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.
The merger between the two organisations is intended to help enable 'considerable progress and impact towards making the 2020’s the decade of change for pancreatic cancer'.
The CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA), Ali Stunt, is a 12-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and development manager of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Fiona Brown, lost her mum at age 56 in 2003 to the disease.
It is anticipated that Stunt will be the CEO of the merged organisation, with Brown managing the Scotland office.
“By coming together, both charities know we can make greater strides in making our vision, a day when everyone is diagnosed early and survives pancreatic cancer, a reality,” Stunt said.
“The pancreatic cancer charity world is very fragmented; this merger will reduce any potential duplication of effort and resources and means we can make a bigger impact”.
The two charities will continue initially as separate entities but will eventually merge into one organisation, subject to approval from OSCR (Office of The Scottish Charity Regulator).