British Empire Cancer Campaign Committee - fund raising badges (pre & post-1963)
Two general fund-raising badges issued by the British Empire Cancer Campaign Committee that were in use during and before the 1960's. The central motif of the badge is St. George and the Dragon who represent the defeat of cancer.
The British Empire Cancer Campaign (BECC) was founded in 1923 with its mission statement "to attack and defeat the disease of cancer in all its forms, to investigate its causes, distribution, symptoms, pathology and treatment and to promote its cure".
The history of cancer research goes back further and by the beginning of the 20th century it was already recognised as a serious illness in its own right. Before the formation of the BECC, there were the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Britain. Today, the role of the BECC is still carried on by Cancer Research UK.
In 1963 the BECC was renamed the British Empire Cancer Research Campaign and in 1970 the name Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) was adopted. In Britain by the 1960’s Imperial association and the use of words like ‘Empire’ had fallen out of official favour, hence the name change. Badges like these had ceased to be issued by 1970.
www.aim25.ac.uk/cats/20/4605.htm (Welcome Institute archives reference for the BECC).
www.cancerresearchuk.org/ (Cancer Research UK website).
Enamels: 2 (blue & white).
Finish: Gilt or chrome plated.
Size: 1” x 1” (25mm x 25mm)
Process: Die stamped.
Maker: J R Gaunt, London.