Trail leads to Paddington reunion

Rolls-Royce designed statue 'Spirit of Paddington' finds a permanent parking spot at NSPCC

Tracey and Paddington

British artist Tracey Emin was re-united last night with the statue of Paddington she bought and donated back to us as part of our Paddington Trail, which raised over £930,000 for our ChildLine service late last year.

Tracey bought the 'Spirit of Paddington' statue, which was created by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and auctioned at Christie's in London last December. 

It was 1 of more than 50 bespoke versions of the famous bear designed by a host of celebrities including David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Watson and Kate Moss. They were placed at strategic points across London last year to promote the film and help raise money for our ChildLine service when they were auctioned.

Our ChildLine service provides round-the-clock advice and support to children who are going through the toughest times of their lives. The money will also help continue to modernise the ChildLine service to reflect how children now prefer to get in touch.

The silver 'Spirit of Paddington', complete with leather strapped racing goggles, now has a new home at our headquarters in Curtain Road, Shoreditch.

Paddington Trail highlights

See all the highlights from our Paddington auction which raised over £930,000 for our ChildLine service.

Tracey's trail to Paddington

Tracey is a long-time supporter of our work and said it was great to see Paddington had found a loving home.

"It was wonderful to see Paddington again, especially as he has been given pride and place right at the entrance to the building. He'll be the first thing people see when they arrive which I'm sure will brighten their day.

"It was a pleasure to donate this stylish bear to an organisation that does so much effective and innovative work to protect children."

Paddington's journey comes to and end

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said Paddington will serve as the perfect reminder of how much support the Paddington Trail received from across the nation. 

"It was a magnificent gesture of Tracey to buy Paddington and then give him to us. He will be a perfect daily reminder of the success of the Paddington Trail which will make a huge difference to our ChildLine service.

"This Paddington might be at the end of his travels, but we still have a way to go to make sure all children are protected from abuse. However with the support of fantastic people like Tracey, we can make it a successful journey."