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AUK and AAR-UK Announce Merger Talks

2nd May 2017


Alopecia UK (AUK) and Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK (AAR-UK) are pleased to announce that they have entered advanced negotiations that both charities hope will lead to a merger.  So far discussions have gone extremely well, with a great deal of agreement on objectives and strategy from both sides.  It is anticipated that the merger, if successful, will cement the combined charity as the foremost organisation, within the UK, dedicated to supporting all those with Alopecia, raising awareness and looking to drive research into a potential cure.
Whilst the final timetable has yet to be decided, both sets of Trustees are keen to see a successful merger within the next six months.  Discussions are continuing and it is hoped that the charities will be able to agree a final structure that suits all concerned in the coming months.
Simon Ray, Chair of Trustees, for AUK said: 

“It was very clear from the start that both charities shared common goals for all those with Alopecia. I am therefore really pleased to be able to announce this potential merger, on behalf of our charity, as it builds considerably on the growth that AUK has seen in the last few years.  AAR-UK will bring valuable expertise in both research and fund raising activities that will provide real benefit to the combined charity.”
Hugh Gallagher, Chair of Trustees for AAR-UK added: 

“We felt it was important that the time had come for there to be one national charity for Alopecia and we are delighted that we have been able to have such positive discussions with AUK regarding the merger.  There is still much work to be done to help all those with Alopecia but, as a combined charity, we feel that challenge will be made easier.”
For further information, please contact:
Amy Johnson (Communications Manager - Alopecia UK) –
Ruth McPherson (Marketing/PR Manager - AAR-UK) -


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