Is your marmalade good enough for Paddington Bear? | Action Medical Research

Is your marmalade good enough for Paddington Bear?

14 January 2014

Paddington’s favourite charity calls for entries to the 2014 Marmalade Awards

Children’s charity Action Medical Research, Paddington’s favourite charity, is calling for entries to The World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2014.

The charity will receive a donation from the amount raised from the Awards being held at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria 1-2 March 2014, which also kicks off National Marmalade Week. The closing date for entries is 13 February 2014.

As January heralds the Seville orange season, many with a passion for the preserve will have already put their culinary skills to work. And if you’ve yet to get cooking up your marmalade, how about giving it a shot and entering the awards for a chance to see your zesty creation sold in Fortnum and Mason?

Everyone who enters a jar into the amateur award category gets their preserve tasted and judged by experts and will receive feedback on how the marmalade can be improved – or if they are lucky, a gold, silver or bronze award. Last year over 1,900 jars were entered. The double gold star winner gets their marmalade made by a commercial kitchen and is then stocked at Fortnum and Mason, with 50p from every jar sold going to charity.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The children’s charity is currently supporting work around stillbirth, autism, meningitis, asthma and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

2014 is due to be a golden year for marmalade with the release of a new Paddington feature movie in December, boasting a star-studded cast including Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Waters. Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington author Michael Bond and loyal supporter of Action Medical Research, said: “Paddington’s favourite food is of course marmalade sandwiches and we’d love to see a resurgence in marmalade as a result of the new film. Of course Paddington will also be making a guest appearance at the 2014 Marmalade Festival and hopes to see fellow marmalade lovers there.”

Visitors to the Marmalade Festival, held near Penrith in the Lake District, get the chance to view the entries, taste over 200 different marmalades, attend workshops, lectures and even a marmalade church service and the whole event will be well rooted in the Spanish Seville.

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival is sponsored by Mackays and Paddington and Company, as well as Fortnum & Mason. Other companies supporting the Awards include wine merchants Laithwaite’s, Barclays and Spinks.

And if you don’t cook why not enter the Paddington literary competition instead? Action Medical Research receives a £5 donation for each entry made. Further details at:

Further entry details for the awards, including an entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found at



Marmalade Awards on Twitter: @MarmaladeAwards
And on Facebook: WorldMarmaladeAwards

For further information on the Marmalade Awards contact Emma Mason PR:
Emma Mason: 07762 117433 /
Louise Barnett: 07713 742685 /

For further information on Action Medical Research please contact:
Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478

Follow us on Twitter at @actionmedres and @amr_events
Like our Facebook page at
Follow us on Pinterest at

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.

Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284

Help us spread the word