Paddington - charity mascot, voted the nation’s favourite character
The small bear from Darkest Peru, who we have all loved for so many years, is now officially the nation’s best having been voted the favourite animated character in the UK.
Children’s charity, Action Medical Research’s mascot, has beaten an impressive shortlist including Aleksandr Meerkat and Super Ted.
The announcement was made at the Ninth British Animation Awards in London.
Votes for the public awards were cast at more than 20 screenings across the UK.
Paddington says “I'm very excited about my victory at the British Animation Awards. It is a real honour to receive such a warm recognition! I hope to see many of you cheering me at the Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium Event where I will be representing my favourite charity – Action Medical Research!”
Action Medical Research is celebrating 60 years of vital research for babies and children this year. The charity raises money to help fund vital research into conditions affecting babies and children and is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.
Paddington Bear was created by former BBC cameraman Michael Bond in 1956 and his first book was published in 1958.
The popular stories were first made into an animated TV series in 1975.
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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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.
But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.