Details as to why the merger was necessary and the future of Crusaid’s 15 staff are still unclear.
In a statement to thirdsector.co.uk Debbie Holmes THT’s executive director of fundraising said: “We have been open that we can’t guarantee that everyone will retain their jobs for the long-term.”
Jordan Hay , CEO of Crusaid said “We initiated this merger to ensure that our hardship fund can continue to make a vital difference to the ever-increasing numbers of people diagnosed with HIV each year in the UK.
“THT shares our vision and values and we are excited about the opportunities to support people with HIV that this merger presents.”
Crusaid independently administered the hardship fund since 1986 and has awarded over 45,000 grants: helping one in three people living with HIV and raised 33million in the fight against HIV/Aids.
In 2008-09 the Crusaid hardship fund distributed £381,385 to 2,106 people in England Wales and N Ireland and a further 69,829 in Scotland through Waverley Care.
Over the same period the organisation saw its income drop to £1.63 million compared to £1.93 million in the previous year. But with outgoings at 1.77 million, questions may be raised to the why the overheads of the charity were not brought into check.
The organisation had experienced a 15 per cent drop in income over the last two years due to the economic downturn: ultimately bringing to an end Crusaid as independent force.
The survival of ‘Walk For Life’- Crusaid’s premier fundraising event – will be viewed by many HIV organisations as vital: the 2008 walk had 35 teams participating raising £41,430 towards their own work.
In a recent interview in pinkpaper.com Deborah Jack, CEO of the National Aids Trust said: “My main concern is that we’ve lost a charity solely focused with HIV into an organisation which covers all aspects of sexual health. Crusaid always supported those in the greatest need.
“I am, however, pleased THT have made a public commitment to continue the hardship fund which provides a valuable lifeline for people living in poverty with HIV.”
Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of THT said: “The merger will preserve the Crusaid Hardship Fund in a very challenging economic climate and help ensure that people with HIV have the ongoing support that they so vitally need.
“We are also looking forward to combining our experience and research for a renewed anti-poverty strategy in support of people living with HIV in the UK.”
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