Paddington Helps to Stamp Out Disease | Action Medical Research

Paddington Helps to Stamp Out Disease

9 January 2006

EBay Auction of Paddington Merchandise raises money for Action Medical Research To celebrate the launch of the new Paddington Bear first class stamps by Royal Mail as part of their Animal Tales celebration, Paddington is being a first class citizen by clearing out his attic to raise money for charity.

Paddington Bear is the official mascot for the charity Action Medical Research, and has helped to raise millions of pounds for the charity, turning out for events and supporting their campaigns. Now he’s doing some fundraising on his own through eBay, auctioning off some rare merchandise along with some exclusive first day covers of the new Paddington stamps signed by Paddington author Michael Bond and addressed to the Brown family at Windsor Gardens.

One of the highlights of this auction is an exclusive sketch by Paddington illustrator Bob Alley, created especially for the auction. Bob Alley first started illustrating the Paddington books in 1997, initially for a US audience, and his pen and ink and watercolour images have proven very popular, and really captured the spirit of the Paddington Bear stories. To date he has illustrated over 20 Paddington stories.

Paddington has included something for Paddington fans of all ages and budgets, from limited edition Coalport figurines to fun Paddington filofaxes. Unlike recent charity auctions of cooked sprouts and Christmas dinners, there won’t be any edible lots in the Paddington auction, as he likes to keep his marmalade sandwiches tucked safely under his hat.

Auctioning goods through eBay as a method of raising money for charity is on the increase, and Paddington hopes many people follow his example in the new year with a good spring clean and a chance to sell the treasures from their attic and offer the proceeds to his favourite charity, Action Medical Research.

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