Paddington takes to the Olympic 2012 tracks | Action Medical Research

Paddington takes to the Olympic 2012 tracks

16 March 2012

The traveler in Paddington Bear is back from Darkest Peru and is all set to make an exciting journey to the Olympic Stadium on 1 April. Children’s charity Action Medical Research’s mascot has been voted by the public to be one of 10 charity mascots taking part in a 100m race as part of the Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium Event.

The event which will be held from 12-3pm, will be a family fun day and include some fantastic acts such as Dionne Bromfield, Brit award winners BLAKE and Britain’s Got Talent winning act Spelbound. Team GB ambassadors and a range of sporting champions will also be there. Events include a series of 100m sprints, relay races, a Gold Challenge Olympic themed parade and a charity mascot race featuring Paddington Bear! All in all, it promises to be a day not to be missed!

Paddington says “I'm running against some really speedy charity mascots such as Hero Bear, Marvin the Moose and Daffy the Daffodill. It's going to be tough so in preparation for my race I am eating lots of marmalade sandwiches and training every day, even in the rain. Though it makes my fur go soggy it’s all for a great cause. I am really looking forward to representing my favourite charity at the Olympic Stadium!”

Action Medical Research raises money to help fund vital research into conditions affecting babies and children. This year Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of vital research. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

To win an opportunity to walk the Olympic tracks with Paddington, or to sponsor him, visit

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Paddington Bear


For more information about Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium Event please contact:

Gemma Rooke, Challenge Events Fundraiser
T 01403 327444


For further information about Action Medical Research please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Interim Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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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.

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