Touching Lives - February 2007
Paddington to celebrate 50 years
Paddington has kept busy in the intervening years, featuring in many more books and making his television debut in the 1970s. The first Paddington toys were manufactured in 1971, with bears dressed in classic duffle coats, felt hats and Wellington boots. Since then he has also appeared on postage stamps, in theatre shows and museum exhibitions.
^In 1976 Paddington became the lovable fundraising mascot for Action Medical Research, and over the years has helped to raise millions for medical research.^ Today Paddington is as active as ever, helping to promote the Charity’s sponsored treks to Peru and the Three Peaks walking challenge. He also has his very own ‘Bring Your Bear’ fundraiser, which takes place around his birthday in June every year.
We can expect to see Paddington enjoying his 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008, and Action Medical Research is planning some special birthday treats too. So watch this space…