Charity bell

1962-1994 in United Kingdom
One Spastics Society inscribed bell, decorated with a ship

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One Spastics Society inscribed bell, decorated with a ship
Science Museum Group

One brass bell with the words "From the Spastics Soceity with appreciative thanks" inscribed bell, decorated with a ship, given to pubs as a reward for collecting money for the charity now known as SCOPE, maker not marked, United Kingdom, 1962 - 1994

In the 1960s, if a pub raised more than £100 for the charity now known as Scope, they were visited by a celebrity from an associated foundation now known as Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Formed in 1955 by Dame Vera Lynn and Wilfred Pickles, celebrities gave their time to help raise money. A celebrity visited the pub and smashed the pile of pennies, and then rewarded the pub with one of these bells so that they could call time at the bar.

Formerly known as the National Spastics Society the charity was formed in 1952 by three parents, Ian Dawson-Shepherd, Eric Hodgson and Alex Moira, who wanted to ensure that their disabled children had equal access to education. This grew to jobs, leisure activities and raising awareness. In 1962 they merged with the British Council for the Welfare of Spastics and became the Spastics Society. Their aim was to provide for the ‘care, welfare, interest, treatment, education and advancement of any persons with any form of cerebral palsy or with a related disability.’ Today Scope focuses beyond cerebral palsy on all conditions and impairments.

In 1994, the charity changed their name to SCOPE, because the previous name had highlighted language that had become offensive and made people with cerebral palsy look like a uniform group rather than emphasising their individuality. Many people within the charity, including people with cerebral palsy, had long advocated for the charity’s name to be changed.


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metal (unknown), fibre (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
overall: 200 mm x 130 mm x 290 mm,
bell - idiophone