Liver health charities to merge

The British Liver Trust and Children’s Liver Disease Foundation have made the decision to merge, it has been announced.

The merger will be directed by an executive team and trustees from both of the original charities. Pamela Healy will be the chief executive of the newly merged charity, having been chief executive at the British Liver Trust since 2019.

As one charity, the charities believe they can make more impact by pooling their resources. “Becoming a larger charity and combining our strengths, resources, and expertise will enhance our ability to positively impact the lives of patients, families and carers who are at the centre of everything we do,” said Healy.

“Having one distinct organisation will also allow us to widen our impact and reach, increase advocacy for policy change, campaign even more effectively for improved patient care and collaborate on research opportunities.”

In the short term, both organisations will retain their individual branding and continue to deliver all adult, children’s and families services as they have done previously.

The newly merged teams will develop the fully integrated charity together and in the longer term, activities and work will be aligned for the benefit of children and adults with liver disease. Patients, supporters, healthcare professionals and stakeholders will be consulted throughout this process.

All of the current staff from both charities will be retained and the charity will be headquartered in Winchester where the British Liver Trust is currently based.

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