Letter to Editors – from Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear | Action Medical Research

Letter to Editors – from Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear

19 June 2013

“Bears of Britain unite and be bear-illiant for a
thoroughly good cause”

Dear Editor,

Last week, Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her Summer Birthday.  It was a splendid affair, with Trooping the Colour and the firing of guns in St. James’s Park.  Bands played, there was a flypast of planes, and everyone cheered when she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.  Quite right too, for she has been a wonderful queen and has dedicated her life to serving the country.

Not everybody knows it, but bears also have two birthdays a year. Paddington’s summer one is on the 25th June, and for many years now he has dedicated himself to raising money for his favourite charity – Action Medical Research.

There the similarity ends, of course, but I think it would be wonderful if all the other bears in this country got together to celebrate the occasion. It doesn’t have to be a grand occasion like the Queen’s.  Paddington doesn’t like guns for a start.  He put some cotton wool in his ears one year and forgot to take it out for several days, so everyone else thought he had lost his hearing!       

As a way of saying “thank you” to Paddington, Action Medical Research have come to the rescue with their Bring your Bear event, and schools, nurseries and children’s groups everywhere are invited to take part.  For a modest donation of £2, which goes towards vital research to help sick babies and children, they will make it a day to remember.  It will be money well spent.

So, the message to all the above groups who wish to take part is don’t forget to register at www.action.org.uk/bringyourbear and you will receive a free fundraising kit full of ideas.  In case anyone without a bear should feel they can’t take part, any much loved soft toy will be more than welcome.  You have Paddington’s word for that.  The more the merrier.

And, look out for some exciting activity around Paddington’s summer birthday. He would be most grateful if you would get involved. More details at www.action.org.uk/paddingtonbear

Speaking for myself, I might put cotton wool in my own ears on the 25th June!

Yours sincerely,

Michael Bond, London

NOTES TO EDITORS:

High-res pics can be downloaded from the links below:

Michael Bond and Paddington: http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/bond_with_paddington.jpg

Paddington: http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/paddington_2013.jpg

Bring your Bear:

Up and down the country thousands of schools and nurseries choose a day when the children bring their teddy bear. Every child brings in two pounds with their bear, as a simple and fun way to support Action Medical Research. Once registered, a FREE fundraising pack including stickers and a poster and a guide to activities like the always popular teddy bears’ picnic is provided.  And some of the activity sheets can be used as a bear related lesson plan!

http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/bring_your_bear

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 on 25 June.

- Paddington has supported Action Medical Research for more than 30 years, helping to raise millions to help fund vital medical breakthroughs.

For further press information on Action Medical Research and the events they run please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press and PR Officer

T          01403 327480

E          cairey@action.org.uk

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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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