October 13, 2008
Paddington Bear was first introduced on October 13, 1958 and celebrates his 50th anniversary this year.
The first Paddington story, 'A Bear called Paddington', written by Michael Bond, was published in October 1958 Paddington's official birthday is in Bring Your Bear month, on 25th June
Paddington has supported Action Medical Research for more than 30 years, helping to raise millions to help fund vital medical breakthroughs
Bring Your Bear was launched in 1996 and has raised more than £500,000 to date