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Paddington Bear™ decorates Paddington Station Christmas tree with charity baubles

3 December 2013

National treasure and budding film star*, Paddington Bear (who will be starring in his own film out in cinemas 28 November 2014), will be decorating the Christmas tree at Paddington Station on 11 December, all in the name of charity.

He will be given a helping paw by TV personality and DJ Sam Mann together with Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington Bear creator, Michael Bond, alongside children from local primary school, Our Lady of Delours.

Paddington Bear, mascot of Action Medical Research** for children, sent out charity baubles to lots of his celebrity friends and school children. They have added festive messages to the baubles and sent them back to Paddington Bear to hang on the Christmas tree at Paddington Station.

Following the tree decorating, and a quick marmalade sandwich, Paddington Bear will be spreading Christmas cheer by offering free hugs to everyone.

The activity is on behalf of Paddington Bear’s favourite charity Action Medical Research. The charity has invited people UK-wide to write their favourite childhood Christmas memory on a special virtual bauble, just like the ones Paddington will be hanging 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

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 about the event:

“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 will be helping him to hang baubles on the Christmas tree at Paddington Station and raising awareness of our favourite charity, Action Medical Research.”

Paddington Bear is also be supported by Dr Hannah Mitchison.  Action Medical Research funded Dr Mitchison, of the Institute of Child Health, University College London, in 2010 to hunt for genes for primary ciliary diskinesia (PCD), in the hope of simplifying diagnosis and improving children’s lives.

Each year in the UK, over 100 children are diagnosed with this debilitating, lifelong condition. They suffer lifelong problems with recurrent ear and chest infections causing declining lung function and irreversible damage. [see case study below]

Early diagnosis can relieve children’s suffering by giving them access to treatment that eases symptoms and slows disease progression.

New results from Dr Mitchison’s research, funded by the charity, have resulted in new improved testing techniques for PCD. She and her team uncovered changes in four new genes. The new ‘gene panel’ type testing of more than 20 PCD genes will mean faster, more accurate diagnosis, and will be in use by early 2014.

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For further information, please contact Sara Stewart at Mad As A March Hare on 01684 577168 or email sara@madasamarchhare.com or tweet @twowitwowoo

EDITOR’S NOTES

PADDINGTON will be starring in his own film which will be in cinemas 28th November, 2014.

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.

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...

Cast List:

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

**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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A video of Kylie singing happy birthday to Paddington bear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16C-J8aXDRA

CASE STUDY (Kylie Boynton, Islington):

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. 

“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 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.”

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