Paddington Bear's summer birthday | Action Medical Research

Paddington Bear's summer birthday

17 June 2013

Happy Birthday wishes and quiz to win cuddly bear signed by Davina McCall!

Paddington Bear, from darkest Peru, celebrates his summer birthday 25 June. Because he’s such a special bear, the nation’s favourite animated character has two birthdays, just like the Queen! (his winter birthday is 25 December).

The lovable bear is the official fundraising mascot of children’s charity Action Medical Research. The charity is calling on all Paddington fans to wish him a Happy Birthday on Tuesday 25 June.

Just like the charity’s celebrity ambassadors – including Davina McCall, Phil Spencer, Joanna Rowsell, Dermot Murnaghan and Tony Hadley – the charity is asking for birthday wishes to be tweeted, posted on Facebook or pinned on Pinterest. Fans, supporters and celebrities will be taking pictures of themselves with their Paddington Bears, or making short videos of themselves and others singing happy birthday. [see youtube link below: 3 year-old Kylie Boynton singing happy birthday]

The charity has also developed a quick online quiz for 25 June to test people’s knowledge of all things Paddington Bear. Those answering all questions correctly will be entered into a prize draw to win a cuddly Paddington signed by TV personality Davina McCall - a steadfast supporter of the charity who has been involved with Action since she was a little girl.

Davina says: "Having kids and being a mum means supporting Action Medical Research has such great meaning to me because of all of the great work it funds to help children. Research is so important, and great leaps are being made – just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Please get involved in wishing Paddington Bear a Happy Birthday and help spread the word about the amazing research that Action Medical Research fund.”

Paddington Bear has been loved by children for decades and was an obvious candidate to be the charity's mascot. His creator Michael Bond first met the charity’s founder, Duncan Guthrie, in 1976. Since then, Paddington’s friendly face has helped attract thousands of supporters who together have raised millions of pounds to fund vital research to help sick babies and children.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. With the help of their supporters, Action has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for over 60 years, starting with the development of the first UK polio vaccine.  The charity is currently funding research into conditions including Down syndrome, premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis, diabetes and rare diseases. [see case study in NOTES TO EDITORS below]

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Suggested Tweet for the 25 June:

Happy birthday #PaddingtonBear, mascot of children’s charity @actionmedres Find out more about this wonderful charity action.org.uk/paddingtonbear

Suggested Facebook post for the 25 June:

Happy birthday to much loved Paddington Bear, mascot of children's charity Action Medical Research. Find out more about this wonderful charity action.org.uk/paddingtonbear

Paddington Bear quiz:

The Paddington Bear quiz, and prize draw to win the cuddly bear signed by Davina McCall, can be accessed from 24 June 2013 via www.action.org.uk/paddingtonbear and facebook.com/actionevents

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

Kylie’s story: primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)

(Kylie singing happy birthday to Paddington: http://youtu.be/16C-J8aXDRA)

Kylie was born one month early, thankfully needing no neonatal care. But not long after her birth, her parents noticed that she produced a lot of phlegm and often had trouble breathing.

When Kylie was just eight weeks’ old, her breathing became very laboured and she had a high temperature. Her symptoms worsened and she was rushed to A&E. An X-ray revealed she had pneumonia and she spent a week in hospital in isolation.

In fact, for the first 18 months of her life, Kylie was in and out of A&E with high temperatures and breathing problems. She also had problems with her hearing and pain due to an infection of the middle ear.

At long last over two years after her birth, in October 2012, her parents Nhu and Kevin were finally given a diagnosis. Kylie has primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a debilitating, lifelong, inherited illness which causes recurrent ear and chest infections, often leading to permanent lung damage. 

Kylie was three in January and is now at nursery. She loves Peppa Pig, loves to sing and is really bright and sociable. She is also independent and very caring.

“It’s not been an easy ride but it’s a relief now that we know what Kylie has and she is being treated appropriately. It’s great to see such an improvement in our daughter.” Says her mum Nhu “Her ear infection has now improved and she has normal hearing. She is learning and speaking well and enjoying life.”

“I hope that the research funded by the children’s charity Action Medical Research will help earlier diagnosis of other children with PCD. This will allow them to get treated sooner, so that their health can improve and the progression of their condition can be slowed.”

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

Paddington: 

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

Kylie: 

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

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

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

Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478
E: tslater@action.org.uk
W: 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.

Help us spread the word