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Two of Britain’s biggest breast cancer charities are merging to join forces against the disease. Both Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign are looking to launch a new charity in the spring, with the CEO’s of both charities jointly managing the new ‘super-charity’.
Members of both Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign believe that the organisation’s merging will lead to a combination of funding which can be used to contribute towards a more comprehensive programme of research into all areas of breast cancer prevention and treatment. This should mean that the benefits of said research reaches patients quicker.
Both charities have been instrumental in organising treatments and fundraising for the disease. Currently, Breakthrough Breast Cancer raises around £17 million a year through massive flagship campaigns such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (you may have seen their iconic circular symbol on t-shirts around various high street stores), and the Touch, Look and Check project. Their Breakthrough Generations study is also one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive studies into the causes of breast cancer.Isla Smith and Stephanie Monk, both chairwomen of the respective charities have said, “We could not have achieved all we have for women affected by breast cancer without our inspirational and dedicated supporters. As a result of their support, the research they’ve helped fund and the advanced they’ve made possible, we’re now able to take this compelling next step forward in our journey to beat breast cancer.”
James Jopling has been appointed the director for Scotland at the new charity, and starts in the Spring, saying: “This is absolutely the right decision to ensure that together we will be a stronger, more effective force committed to putting an end to breast cancer in the UK. United, we will achieve our shared ambition that by 2050 no one will die from the disease.”