FAQ’s: Intention to Merge

FAQ’s: Intention to Merge

30th January 2020

Why are the two charities wanting to merge?

 2020 marks the 10-year anniversaries of both PCA and PCS. Reflecting on the past decade we are incredibly proud of our work and what we have achieved. Looking to the future we want to make the 2020’s The Decade of Change for Pancreatic Cancer.

By joining forces and taking action together, both charities know we can make this joint vision a reality.

Both PCA and PCS have a determination to help improve survival of pancreatic cancer patients, through the promotion of early diagnosis, greater public awareness, the education and training of healthcare professionals and through improving access to treatments and better care and support for patients and their families.

Both charities are financially stable, but we know we can achieve more united together. By bringing together our passion, energy, expertise, funds and networks, we’ll make greater progress in more effective ways for pancreatic cancer patients and their families in Scotland as well as in the rest of the UK.

When will we hear more/what will happen next?

Both charities have undertaken a rigorous process to assess the suitability of our organisations merging.

PCS and PCA will continue to operate as separate organisations as we await approval from OSCR (Office of The Scottish Charity Regulator) on our intention to merge. There will then be a transition phase as we prepare for our organisations coming together.

We will endeavour to keep our supporters informed regularly.

If you would like to be kept up to date you can sign up to the following e-newsletters:

  • panact.org/stayuptodate
  • pancanscot.org/join-the-clan/


What happens in the meantime?

Both PCA and PCS will continue to operate independently until a further announcement is made.

It will be business as usual for both organisations and projects and committed funding will continue as normal and some will be developed further.

Both charities will continue to give full focus to spending supporters’ money as efficiently as possible, and our commitment to raising awareness, improving education, healthcare and research and supporting patients and families affected by pancreatic cancer and associated tumours shall remain unconditional.


What will the merged charity look like? What will it be called?

 Both charities have agreed they would like to become one charitable organisation, however, this is subject to approval from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

As we await OSCRs approval to formally merge, we will work to develop branding and the combined organisation’s future vision, strategy and action plans within the spirit of the merger.


What is going to change for me? I have already committed to fundraise for you?

We understand that supporters will have already registered for events e.g. The Kiltwalk, Great Scottish Run and many more and will have started fundraising with online fundraising platforms such as Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving etc.

We are very grateful for your support and if you have a page open to support us, there is no need to change anything and we will continue to keep in contact with you throughout your fundraising.

If you would like to raise funds or awareness for pancreatic cancer please reach out to our team and we will provide support and guidance to you.


I have a direct debit/payroll gift/standing order with PCS or PCA, what happens now?

 Until the merger is approved by OSCR both charities shall continue to operate independently and that means that you do not need to take any steps to change your existing direct debit / payroll gifting / standing order.

We will endeavour to keep our supporters informed regularly.

The need for your support remains as great as ever, so thank you for your continued support.


I have given my contact details to PCA or PCS. What will happen to my data?

Until the merger is approved by OSCR both charities shall continue to operate independently.

We will endeavour to keep our supporters informed regularly.

You may contact PCS or PCA at any time to change or stop our use of your data.

We will only ever use your personal data for the purpose you gave it to us and will never share or sell it on for any purpose without your consent.


How can I find out more about PCS/PCA?

To find out more about Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, please visit their website: www.pancanscot.org or if you have any specific questions, please contact the office connect@pancanscot.org or call 01412138135

To find out more about Pancreatic Cancer Action, please visit their website: www.panact.org or if you have any specific questions, please contact the office enquiries@panact.org or call 03030401770

Is there an opportunity for supporters to share their views on the intention to merge?

Of course. Please submit any query to:

Pancreatic Cancer Action: enquiries@panact.org or call 0303 040 1770 or

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland: connect@pancanscot.org or call 01412138135