National treasure and budding film star*, Paddington Bear TM (who will be starring in his own film out in cinemas 28 November 2014), celebrates two birthdays each year - just like the Queen!
25 December is his Winter birthday, and because he knew people would be busy on the day he decided to bring his birthday celebrations forward to 11/12/13 - a very special day! Being the official mascot of children's charity Action Medical Research, he also decided to spend the day supporting this worthwhile cause.
His day of celebrations started at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School, based in Paddington. Paddington and schoolchildren successfully attempted a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for ’Most hugs given by a mascot in one minute’.
Headteacher Sarah Alley, in support of children’s charity Action Medical Research (Paddington’s favourite charity), worked hard with her pupils to prepare for the title. All the team at Action Medical Research and Paddington and Co. gave their hearty congratulations to the school on their record-breaking achievement. They are OFFICIALLY AMAZING!
Watch a video of the Guinness World Record on YouTube: http://youtu.be/UMnfAb1_u2o
Paddington then decorated the Christmas tree at Paddington Station with charity baubles. TV medic Dr Dawn Harper, journalist and presenter Sam Mann and Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington Bear creator, Michael Bond, gave him a helping paw together with children from Our Lady of Delours. Paddington Bear sent out charity baubles to lots of his celebrity friends and school children. They added festive messages to the baubles and sent them back to him to hang on the Christmas tree.
Action Medical Rearch is inviting people UK-wide to write their favourite childhood Christmas memory on a special virtual bauble, just like the ones Paddington hung at the station. It’s free and, once you have written your message, your bauble will be hung on the charity’s website tree for everyone to enjoy.
Leave your message now at www.action.org.uk/pbxmas
Following the tree decorating, and a quick marmalade sandwich, Paddington Bear then spread Christmas cheer by offering free hugs to weery commuters at Paddington Station.
Watch this heart warming video of the hugs on YouTube: http://youtu.be/8C7EaG40AhY
Please share the video and share the Christmas love! And help support children's charity Action Medical Research by helping raise awareness of their mascot, the nation’s favourite cuddly bear.
Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, Managing Director of Paddington and Company Limited, and avid supporter of Action Medical Research, has this to say:
“Christmas is a special time of year for many people but it is especially so for my father because he bought the small bear that inspired him to write his first Paddington book on Christmas Eve 1956. To this day Paddington continues to be a very important member of our family so I’m delighted that I was able to help him to hang baubles on the Christmas tree at Paddington Station and raise awareness of our favourite charity, Action Medical Research.”
Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
- tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
- helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
- targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world!
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PADDINGTON will be the first ever live action film inspired by Michael Bond’s best-selling books and will feature the best of British talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
Produced by David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Gravity, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), PADDINGTON is being helmed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King (Come Fly With Me, The Mighty Boosh) and stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear.
The film follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...
Paddington Bear (voice) – Colin Firth
Henry Brown – Hugh Bonneville
Mary Brown – Sally Hawkins
Millicent – Nicole Kidman
Mrs Bird – Julie Walters
Mr Curry – Peter Capaldi
Mr Gruber – Jim Broadbent
Judy Brown – Madeleine Harris
Jonathan Brown – Samuel Joslin