27 July 1999
Britain's best loved bear - Paddington Bear - stars in the newly launched website of his favourite charity, Action Research.
The site at www.action.org.uk
invites users to take a peek inside the marmalade munching bear's suitcase which offers a screensaver, a cartoon strip and other goodies.
Paddington has helped Action Research raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for vital medical research projects run by the charity.
Also on the site are details of the charity's current projects and some of the major medical advances they have contributed to in the past .
Other features include being able to donate money securely on-line, search for fundraising events in your local area and look at the charity's latest press releases.
For further information contact Mike Deyes in the Action Research press office on 01403 327429.
Notes for editors:
1. Action Research is dedicated to preventing and treating disease and disability by funding vital medical research.
2. Founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie, Action Research is one of the UK's leading medical research charities. We support research into a wide range of conditions benefiting all age groups. We are currently supporting around 160 projects, a total commitment of over £14 million.
3. Our support has been crucial in the development and use of ultrasound scans in pregnancy, the UK vaccines against polio and rubella (German measles), hip replacements and the use of folic acid to prevent spina bifida.
4. Current grants include research into meningitis, E.coli, osteoporosis, facial reconstruction, epilepsy and incontinence.
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