The Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG) is a coalition of national cancer-related charities representing service providers, research, advocacy and campaigning groups for cancer patients and their families. Founded in 2002, it enables cancer charities to speak and campaign with a single unified voice.
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The aim of the CCG is to campaign for improved cancer policy and services in the areas of prevention; care and treatment; patient involvement and choice; and research.
The CCG’s campaigning strategy and activities are developed by a steering group of representatives from six member charities – Breast Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Anthony Nolan, CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust. MHP Communications provides the Secretariat to the Group, including communications advice, support and implementation.
The CCG’s work is supported by eight corporate sponsors – Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, Novartis, Roche Diagnostics, Roche Products and Pfizer. Supporting organisations do not direct or control CCG strategy, activities or literature in any way. The CCG ensures that all its relationships with supporter organisations comply with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) code of conduct, governing the relationship between patient groups and pharmaceutical companies.
How to Join
Charities are welcome to apply to become members of the CCG. Organisations that wish to join have to meet the following criteria:
- Have a key focus on cancer care in England
- Have a legal charitable status
- Be non-profit
- Be a single organisation not a coalition
- Be independent of governments, political parties and commercial organisations
- Not be exclusively funded by one pharmaceutical company
- Support and demonstrate a commitment to CCG goals and be prepared to work constructively in collaboration with other CCG members
Membership of CCG is free of charge, but to ensure that we honour our terms of reference, we ask all new and prospective members to fill out an application form. If you are interested in becoming a member of the CCG please download and fill in the application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will then be sent to the Steering Group for consideration.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Working with corporate supporters
Alongside the member charities, the CCG also works with a number of financial supporters. These are usually corporate organisations, which generously provide funding on an annual basis to enable the CCG to carry out its activities. A list of the current CCG supporters is outlined above.
It is vital that this funding, and the CCG’s relationship with its financial supporters, do not affect the CCG’s independence. The CCG’s decision-making is carried out by the elected members of the Steering Group and this should not be compromised by considerations of funding. All members of the Steering Group are representatives of the charity members.
To safeguard both the perceived and actual independence of the CCG, the following principles are always applied to the CCG’s relationships with its financial supporters:
Who the CCG is funded by
- Supporters of the CCG are not restricted to one sector or type of organisation, but are likely to be companies which may have a perceived commercial interest in the activities of the CCG, such as pharmaceutical and other healthcare companies
- Funding for the CCG is generally sought for an annual work programme rather than for individual projects. Funding for any individual projects would abide by the principles on impartiality set out below
- The CCG will not accept funding from any organisation or individual whose objectives may conflict with those of the coalition, such as the tobacco industry
- The CCG Steering Group always retains full editorial control of all activities
- During the course of the CCG’s activities, supporters may make suggestions and provide feedback to the Steering Group, but they do not have any veto or control over the content or direction of the activities
- Supporters receive copies of CCG documents for information. This will be at the same time as the CCG charity members, and may on occasion be under embargo ahead of publication
- Published CCG documents will include a declaration of support and list the names of the supporters
The role of supporters
- The CCG Steering Group has a formal meeting with supporters once a year to provide an update on the CCG’s activities over the previous 12 months and to share information about plans for the forthcoming year. Supporters are invited to share their ideas and feedback during the meeting for consideration by the Steering Group
- Supporters are invited to attend the CCG’s All Member Meetings, which take place three times a year. During these meetings, supporters participate and share their expertise, along with the charity members
- The CCG recognises that supporters have particular expertise and knowledge, which it is helpful for them to share at meetings and during the implementation of the CCG’s activities. This input will be actively sought by the Steering Group
- Each member of the Steering Group is a ‘buddy’ for one or more of the supporters. This relationship is intended to provide a single point of contact for supporters for the purposes of fundraising and answering supporters’ questions about CCG activities