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Paddington Fills His Suitcase

19 November 1999
World famous Paddington Bear’s dream has come true. He’s filled his suitcase with over a £1 million to help sick children. Just nine months ago Paddington set himself a challenge - Paddington’s Suitcase Challenge. He wanted to fill his famous suitcase, not with marmalade sandwiches, but with £1 million to help his favourite charity Action Research fund vital medical research into the areas of pregnancy, birth and childhood disease. To raise the cash Paddington has been all over Britain helping at hundreds of wild and wacky fundraising events. He’s been on bike rides, abseiled down buildings, run marathons, ridden on horses and held hundreds of teddy-bear picnics. Along the way he’s met thousands of his fans and also gained support from many celebrity friends such as Anthea Turner, Jeffrey Archer, Jenny Powell, Angela Rippon, Jono Coleman, Jeremy Clarkson and Fiona Bruce. Speaking on behalf of Paddington Anthea Turner said "Paddington has asked me to say a big thank you to the thousands of people all over Britain who have helped him raise all the money. He says that his supporters and fans are the real stars and not him. He hopes the money will make a difference to the lives of many children". Anne Luther, Director General of the Charity said "We are absolutely delighted that Paddington has reached his target. It is a great achievement and will help make a lot of sick children better". For nearly 50 years Action Research has been at the forefront of medical innovation, funding research which helped lead to the introduction of the polio and rubella vaccines, pioneered the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and developed hip replacement surgery.
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