We are considering this merger because we believe it will benefit patients now and in the future. By pooling our resources and expertise, we will increase our impact and reach, enabling us to support more children, adults and families affected by liver disease and liver cancer.
It will also remove the duplication of effort, for example with representation on government boards and committees, and with administrative, compliance and regulatory responsibilities.
By creating one distinct organisation it will be easier for all patients, family members, and carers to find and access services and support.
We will also be able to create a stronger single patient voice giving our campaigns more weight, enabling us to better advocate for policy change on behalf of everyone with liver disease. Improved joined up working including, for example, a combined effort and collaboration on research opportunities and seamless care throughout the transition from paediatric to adult care, could improve the quality of care and save lives.
All the services and activities provided by both charities will continue after the merger. The merger will bring together the best practices and resources of both charities to create a more efficient organisation, which should lead to improved services and activities for our beneficiaries.
Joining together will provide economies of scale and reduce costs, for example by combining back-office functions, and enable us to become more sustainable, efficient, and effective in the use of charitable funds for the benefit of all beneficiaries.
Donors and supporters play a crucial role in our mission and without them we would not be able to carry out our vital work. This is why we will maintain open communication and transparency throughout the merger process.
Our aim is to use our resources to benefit the entire liver disease community. If supporters wish to fundraise specifically for children’s and young people’s services, their donations will only be used for that purpose.
We are aiming for a legal date of 31st March 2024.
In the short term, both organisations will retain their own branding and continue to deliver all the services that they currently provide. Over time the newly merged senior management, trustee and staff team will work together to develop what the fully integrated charity will look like. We will engage with our supporters and stakeholders during this process.
We will regularly share information about progress about the merger and keep these FAQs updated to answer the most frequently asked questions.
We will also be hosting a webinar share more about what’s happening. You can register your interest here: britishlivertrust.org.uk/webinars-and-online-events/merger-webinar
You are also invited to share your thoughts directly with us by emailing:
British Liver Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Liver Disease Foundation on email@example.com