Paddington Exhibition at Horsham Museum
Paddington Bear™ has been at the heart of fundraising for UK children’s charity Action Medical Research since 1976. As the charity’s HQ is based in Horsham, the lovable bear is thrilled that the local museum will be featuring the ‘Paddington Goes to the Museum’ exhibition from 16 October until 31 December 2014.
Paddington, who makes his big screen debut on 28 November this year, is inviting all to come and visit the exhibition and find out more about his adventures and his favourite UK charity, Action Medical Research. The exhibition is supported by Horsham District Council.
Children visiting the exhibition can take part in a fun quiz all about Paddington and Action Medical Research. Those returning correct answers will be in with the chance to win a set of Paddington books signed by the author Michael Bond.
Memorabilia and artwork for the exhibition has kindly been contributed by the Bond family. Michael Bond, Paddington’s creator, first met the charity’s founder Duncan Guthrie in 1976. After chatting over the matter with Mr Bond, the helpful bear agreed to support Action and his friendly face has helped the charity attract thousands of new supporters who together have raised millions of pounds to help babies and children.
Karen Jankel, Michael Bond’s daughter and Managing Director of Paddington and Company, also supports the charity and even trekked to Darkest Peru – Paddington’s birthplace – in 2010, helping to raise over £120,000.
Karen says: “As a keen supporter of Action Medical Research, I am delighted that Horsham Museum is holding this exhibition to highlight Paddington’s involvement with the charity. It’s hard to believe that it is almost 40 years since my father first offered Paddington’s support and I hope that everyone who visits the exhibition will enjoy learning about some of the milestones that mark this long association.”
Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around prematurity, stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
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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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