6 April 2010
Letter to Editors – from Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear
The late Peter Bull, actor, writer and bear-lover par excellence, always maintained that teddy bears were far superior to dolls. In his opinion dolls spend most of their time wondering what they are going to wear next, whereas your average teddy has its mind on higher things and, being more adventurous, likes nothing better than a good day out.
A larger-than-life character, the last time Peter and I met he was sharing a luncheon tray with his own bear, Theodore, on a plane heading for Greece.
How he would have loved to take part in Action Medical Research’s annual Bring Your Bear event in June. It isn’t quite the same as flying off to Greece but the concept of being allowed to take Theodore back to school, in return for a £1 donation towards the charity’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal, would have been right up his street.
Action Medical Research is Paddington Bear’s favourite charity and, since the aim of Touching Tiny Lives is to raise money to help fund medical research into the many complications that can surround bringing babies into this world, he would find it hard to think of a more wonderful way of celebrating his summer birthday (which is 25 June).
So, schools, nurseries and children’s groups everywhere, don’t forget to register in good time at www.action.org.uk/byb
in order to receive your free fundraising kit. It’s full of ideas aimed at making Bring Your Bear a day to remember.
It’s really a case of Bears of Britain uniting in a thoroughly good cause, but for those taking part, if you don’t have a bear – never fear. Speaking on behalf of Paddington, I’m sure he would agree that a favourite soft toy will be more than welcome and treated with the utmost respect. The more the merrier!
Michael Bond, author of the Paddington Bear stories
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Notes to editors:
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Bear Facts:
- The first Paddington story, ‘A Bear called Paddington’, written by Michael Bond, was published almost 52 years ago in October 1958.
- Paddington’s ‘summer birthday’ is in Bring Your Bear month, on 25 June. When he was found, Paddington wasn’t too sure how old he was so the Brown family decided to start again at one. They also decided that he should have two birthdays a year (just like the Queen!) and so he celebrates these on 25 June and 25 December.
- Paddington has supported Action Medical Research for more than 30 years, helping to raise millions to help fund vital medical breakthroughs.
For further information please contact:
Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer, Action Medical Research
Tel: 01403 327480
Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.
Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. 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.
Our special Touching Tiny Lives appeal helps fund doctors searching for ways to reduce the high rate of premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives, and develop better treatments for sick and vulnerable babies.