Touching Lives - September 2014
Budding film star Paddington Bear
Our much-loved mascot Paddington Bear™ takes to the big screen on 28 November and is supported by a stellar cast of celebrities including Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
The film follows the comic misadventures of the young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London insearch of a home. Finding himselflost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist …
Paddington has been at the heart of fundraising for Action Medical Research ever since Michael Bond met the charity's founder, Duncan Guthrie, in 1976. Paddington Bear always likes to help wherever he can and so, after chatting over the matter with Mr Bond, he agreed to support Action as the charity’s official mascot. Paddington Bear’s friendly face has helped us attract thousands of new supporters who together have raised millions of pounds to help babies and children.
Look out for Paddington, coming to a cinema near you!