Two leading UK brain tumour charities have announced they have merged following a unanimous decision by both their boards. The Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour UK have signed agreements and have begun to combine their staff and infrastructure. The merger will create the significantly largest charity in the sector, and the second largest brain tumour charity in the world. It will mean a consolidation of resources allowing more investment in research, an expansion of services available to those who are affected and a stronger voice to raise awareness and influence policy. The new charity will be known as The Brain Tumour Charity and use its recently-created branding. The merge process will be completed by the 1 March 2013 to coincide with the start of the UK-wide Brain Tumour Awareness Month. The investment by the merged charity into brain tumour research will initially total around £1.5m per annum and it is planned to significantly increase this in the coming years. Andy Foote, former Chair of Brain Tumour UK and now Chair of the Board of the new charity, said: “We have made this happen because we believe that by working together we can only be stronger, forming one unified force in the fight against this devastating disease. This merger will bring together our resources, expertise and remit, allowing us to invest more in the world class, pioneering research that is so woefully under funded.”