Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged in 2019. We united to create one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer and are the UK's first comprehensive breast cancer charity.
As of 1 October 2019, we are known as Breast Cancer Now - the charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future.
We believe that we can change the future of breast cancer and make sure that, by 2050, everyone diagnosed with the disease lives – and is supported to live well. But we need to act now.
From research to care, our new charity puts people affected by breast cancer at its heart — providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we have the ability to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.
We hope the below will answer any questions you may have.
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Why did Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now decide to merge?
As two individual charities, the Boards of Trustees of both Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now believed that we could achieve more together than we could apart. We united around our shared ambition that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer lives – and is supported to live well.
The merger has created the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, bringing together our combined heritage, passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks to create a stronger force for people affected by breast cancer, now and in the future.
The merger provided a bold opportunity to connect the UK’s largest breast cancer research community with the UK’s largest breast cancer support community, to speak with one clear voice for people affected by breast cancer.
What will coming together as a new charity achieve?
Our merger has created the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, bringing together our combined heritage, passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks to create a stronger force for everyone affected by breast cancer, now and in the future – we can achieve more together than we can apart.
Why did the merger not happen before now?
In 2015, there was the opportunity to merge Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign – two similar research and campaigning organisations to form Breast Cancer Now. In 2019, we took the opportunity to unite two complementary charities – Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now and create one breast cancer charity in the UK for all those affected by breast cancer. This opportunity did not exist four years ago.
When did you officially merge?
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now officially became one charity on 1 April 2019, under the legal name Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now. Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now is a company limited by guarantee registered in England (9347608) and a charity registered in England and Wales (1160558), Scotland (SC045584) and Isle of Man (1200).
Does the charity still run a helpline?
Yes. The breast care nurses and highly trained staff on our free and confidential Helpline are here for you, your family and friends, whatever you’re going through. So, whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer yourself, or have questions about a loved one - we’re ready to listen. You can call the Helpline for free on 0808 800 6000 from 9am-4pm, Mondays-Fridays, and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
Does Breast Cancer Now still fund research?
Yes. We are absolutely committed to funding world-class research, as well as campaigning for progress for everyone affected by breast cancer. We currently fund around a third of breast cancer research in the UK.
What focus will there be on secondary breast cancer?
Secondary breast cancer was and remains one of the priorities for the new charity. As one charity with one clear voice we believe we will be able to drive greater, much needed progress in this area. Our aim is that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and be supported to live well, which means that so much of what we have achieved in the past, and what we do now and going forward is about stopping women dying of secondary breast cancer and supporting women to live well.
Whether that’s finding ways to support patients’ needs more effectively, and, through research and campaigning, preventing the disease spreading and developing new treatments that patients can access to give them more time to live and live well.
In October 2019, the charity will be launching a dedicated secondary breast cancer campaign to shift perceptions around secondary breast cancer and drive change to support them to live well.
Who is your Chief Executive?
Delyth Morgan is Chief Executive of the new charity and was appointed into the role on 1 April 2019.
What happened to your offices?
Breast Cancer Now’s Head Office is in Aldgate, London, with offices based in Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow