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50 Paddington statues to raise funds for NSPCC

Howard Lake | 5 November 2014 | News

London is now home to 50 statues of children’s storybook character Paddington Bear. The statues have been designed by artists and celebrities and have been placed in various public spaces throughout the capital. They will be auctioned off to raise funds for children’s charity NSPCC and its ChildLine service.

The Paddington Trail, sponsored by Barclaycard, has been developed by VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL, and accompanies the launch of the new film about the bear from Darkest Peru which is released this month in UK cinemas.

Michael Bond’s design for Paddington. Photo: Jon Furniss.
Michael Bond’s design for Paddington. Photo: Jon Furniss.

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Celebrities and artists create their Paddington

The bears include David Beckham’s ‘Golden Paws’, Emma Watson’s ‘Flutterby’, Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Sherlock Bear’, Peter Capaldi’s ‘Paddington Who?’, Stephen Fry’s ‘Paddington is GREAT’, Nicole Kidman’s ‘Blush’ and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s ‘The Bear of London’. They are on display until 30 December.

Hugh Bonneville’s marmalade design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.
Hugh Bonneville’s marmalade design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.


 

Emma Watson’s Flutterby design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.
Emma Watson’s Flutterby design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.


The Paddington Trail stretches from Heathrow in the west to the O2 in the east, and includes landmarks such as Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood, Selfridges, the Royal Opera House, and of course, Paddington station.

The three foot six inch tall statues will be auctioned online by Christie’s from 10 December to 7 January.

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC said:

“In the Paddington stories, Aunt Lucy implored Londoners to ‘please look after this bear’ and we’ll be giving people the chance to do just that when the statues are auctioned off later in the year in support of our ChildLine service.”

David Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Europe said that he hoped the initiative would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to protect children from abuse and help give them a better future.

 

David Beckham’s Golden Paws design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.
David Beckham’s Golden Paws design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock design for Paddington Bear. Photo: Jon Furniss

 

Benjamin Shine’s dufflecoat toggle Paddington design. Photo: Jon Furniss.
Benjamin Shine’s dufflecoat toggle Paddington design. Photo: Jon Furniss.

One other beneficiary charity

Two of the statues, designed by Rankin and Davina McCall, will be auctioned in support of Action Medical Research for Children, for which Paddington has been the official mascot for over 35 years.

Other statue fundraising appeals

Paddington is just the latest in a series of public art trails that have raised funds for charity. These include Cow ParadeThe Giant Egg Hunt, Go-Go-GorillasElephant Parade, Gromits, lions, giraffes and book benches. Next year sees Dragons coming to Norwich.

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