11 January 2008
Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancerbackup are delighted to announce that they have agreed to merge.
The merger will further the aims of both charities to ensure that, across the UK, everyone affected by cancer will get faster and enhanced access to high-quality information at every stage of their cancer journey.
Both Macmillan and Cancerbackup are dedicated to supporting people affected by cancer. Macmillan develops and provides a wide range of medical, practical, emotional and financial services, including the distribution of information. Cancerbackup is the specialist cancer information charity, recognised as the UK's leading source of high-quality information on every cancer.
The merger, which will be effected by a transfer of Cancerbackup to Macmillan Cancer Support, is expected to take place within approximately six weeks. On completion, two of Cancerbackup's existing trustees, including Dr Maurice Slevin, currently Chairman of Cancerbackup, will join the expanded Board of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The merger will enable Cancerbackup's existing services to be expanded and enhanced as they join with Macmillan's full range of services, to the benefit of people affected by cancer, their families and carers. Information services will be delivered under the sub-brand Macmillan Cancerbackup and will include:
improved telephone helpline support through an enhanced direct cancer information service with access to cancer information nurses, nutritionists, financial and other experts
enhanced information on the Macmillan Cancerbackup website and in booklet and new formats, based on need
accessible, approachable information and support centres through the UK, not only providing high quality support, but also acting as central points for outreach services
Jamie Dundas, Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Support, says, 'We are truly delighted to have agreed this merger. Macmillan Cancer Support's ambition is to be able to offer the fullest possible support to everyone affected by cancer. High quality information is a critical element of this and Cancerbackup's expertise in this field is in a class of its own. Macmillan is committed to maintaining and expanding Cancerbackup's excellent work, and I am confident that together we will be able to do much more to help people with cancer. '
Dr Maurice Slevin, Chairman of Cancerbackup, says, 'The combined strength of Cancerbackup's information and Macmillan's comprehensive services, and the fact that it is a household name, will vastly improve the delivery of cancer information. Together we are creating the opportunity to ensure that everyone in the UK affected by cancer will receive the highest quality information at the time they want and in the way that they want. I am also confident that our expert staff will continue to provide high quality information to reduce the fear and uncertainty of living with cancer.'
For further information, please contact:
Susie Richardson, Macmillan Cancer Support Press Office on 020 7840 7809 or email
Michelle Rowley, PR Manager, Cancerbackup, 020 7920 7219