Supporters in Fleet win Paddington statue designed by Ant and Dec

Our supporters in Fleet raised £6,500 for the ChildLine service with their winning bid in The Paddington Trail online auction

More than 500 people contributed towards the winning bid for an Ant and Dec designed Paddington statue in The Paddington Trail online charity auction, raising £6,500 for the NSPCC and our ChildLine service in the process.

A number of Fleet schools including Elvetham Heath Primary School got behind the bid by holding "mufti-days", and local businesses also backed the call to bring Paddington to the Hampshire town. The idea was the brainchild of Fleet-based father of two, actor Henry Douthwaite who set up a crowdfunding page, calling on local residents to pledge their support and their money.

Bear Humbug - Paddington bear statue designed by Ant and Dec

Speaking on behalf of Fleet Business Partnerships, who contributed £1,000 to the fund, Kevin Whibley said:
"The people of Fleet are very proud of their Paddington, he was an idea floated on social media that actually will become a physical reality through a community working together. On the plus side too not only does this homeless bear represent people doing a little bit each to collectively achieve a lot, it represents children being helped by the invaluable work of the NSPCC."

In the run up to Christmas, London was taken over by life-sized statues of the world's favourite furry Peruvian explorer designed by a host of celebrities and artists as part of The Paddington Trail, sponsored by Barclaycard. 'Bear Humbug' designed by Ant & Dec was located on Oxford Street.

Dozens of other celebrities including Kate Moss, Jonathan Ross, Take That, Peter Capaldi, Guy Ritchie and Julie Walters, as well as Paddington’s fellow adventurer Bear Grylls used their creative talents to design the statues. All the statues have since been auctioned off to raise money for our ChildLine service.

The Paddington Trail gallery