The charity Anthony Nolan is today announcing proposed changes to its organisational structure in response to the new operating environment and to reduce costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of income the organisation has experienced. These changes would enable the organisation to continue to be there for patients now and in the future through support services and continue its research and lifesaving work matching stem cell donors with people in need of transplants.
The majority of changes are in line with a strategic shift in the charity’s operating model. Other changes have been proposed to the fundraising department in light of the financial impact of the pandemic and the loss of fundraising income, particularly from events. In total 29 roles are at risk across the organisation.
Chief Executive Henny Braund said, “The demand for our lifesaving work hasn’t stopped and the support for our patients is ever more important, but the world in which we are operating is changing at a pace and scale that no one could have predicted. Anthony Nolan is made up of passionate people working to save the lives of people with blood cancer and we take that responsibility incredibly seriously. We work with brilliant and talented colleagues which has made the decision to drive structural change all the more difficult.
“We have to evolve as an organisation to ensure that we can be here for patients now and into the future. We need to ensure our hard earnt funds are used to support this work and the critical research that will improve the chances for patients. The proposals set out a clear plan for our new business model and we are working to support any staff who may be affected as a result of the proposals and these difficult times”.
The charity expects the changes under these proposals to have been completed by the end of October.