Chance to help Horsham-based charity at special Paddington™ movie screening

A scene from the new Paddington (tm) movie. (c) P & Co Ltd/SC 2014
A scene from the new Paddington (tm) movie. (c) P & Co Ltd/SC 2014

Horsham based children’s charity Action Medical Research is hosting an exclusive pre-screening of the new Paddington™ film at the Capitol Arts Centre in Horsham on Tuesday 25 November as a fundraising venture and in special celebration of Paddington himself, who has been the charity’s mascot for nearly forty years.

The live action film, inspired by Michael Bond’s best-selling books with an all-star cast, (including Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent) is not released to the general public until Friday 28 November.

Horsham cinema-goers will get to watch the film before everyone else and meet Paddington himself who will be making a guest appearance!

Paddington has been at the heart of fundraising for Action Medical Research ever since his creator, Michael Bond, met the charity’s founder, Duncan Guthrie, in 1976. Always trying to help where he can, and after chatting the matter over with Mr Bond, Paddington eagerly decided to support Action Medical Research as the charity’s official mascot.

His friendly face has helped to attract thousands of new supporters who, together, have raised millions of pounds to help sick babies and children.

Karen Jankel, Michael Bond’s daughter and Managing Director of Paddington and Company, also continues to support the charity and even trekked to Darkest Peru – Paddington’s birthplace – in 2010, helping Action Medical Research to raise over £120,000. And Paddington himself takes part in the London Marathon, the Great North run and other fundraising events for the charity!

Davina McCall – one of the charity’s long-time supporters since childhood – narrated the Paddington classic ‘Paddington Goes to Hospital’ as an ebook, available on ITunes and Kindle with royalties for all copies sold in the UK being donated to Action Medical Research.

Tickets for the event cost £20 adults and £12 children. The event will start at 5.30pm (for a 6pm screening) Places are strictly limited. To book click here