Teaching with bearIn the year of his big screen debut, Paddington Bear is asking nurseries and schools across the UK to help raise vital funds for his favourite charity, Action Medical Research, by taking part in its annual Bring your Bear event.

In order to take part schools can choose any day during the school year when the children bring their teddy bear, or a favourite soft toy, along with them for the day. Each child brings in a £2 donation with their bear to support vital research to help sick babies and children.

Gina Campbell, event organiser at Action Medical Research, said: “Bring your Bear is all about putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising and is the perfect event to get children excited about helping others.

"Every year we get fantastic feedback about what the children have got up to and with the Paddington film due to hit cinemas on 28 November this year, the lovable bear will be even more popular! Please join in and help us – and, of course, Paddington – make 2015 a ‘bear-illiant’ year."

Many 'Bring your Bear' participants also organise a whole day of fun activities, such as reading Paddington stories or holding a teddy bears’ picnic. Children can also take part in a drawing competition with a chance to win a visit from Paddington himself, who says Action Medical Research is his favourite UK charity.

Every nursery and nursey that registers will receive a free fundraising pack, including a poster and Paddington stickers, and access to an online toolkit full of useful materials. These include tips on linking the event to the Early Years curriculum and activity sheets to download.

Money raised will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

To register and receive your free fundraising kit visit: www.action.org.uk/bringyourbear