Thursday, December 11, 2014
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is among the celebrities participating in The Paddington Trail this fall as a fundraiser for two UK charities.
Mason and others – including David Beckham, Emma Watson and Stephen Fry – have designed versions of the classic children’s character Paddington Bear, now on display around London.
Mason’s design uses Pink Floyd’s 1975 album, “Wish You Were Here”, as its inspiration (with his suitcase having various backstage passes affixed) and can be found at the O2 Arena.
The bears form The Paddington Trail, a fundraising effort to benefit the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and children's charity Action Medical Research, for whom Paddington Bear has been the official mascot for over 35 years.
There will be an auction for the statues and some of the more collectable items. It is hoped that The Paddington Trail and associated activities will raise over £500,000 for the children’s charities.
To view a map of The Paddington Trail and to learn more about the event, visit nspcc.org.uk
Mason and Pink Floyd recently released “The Endless River”, their first album in almost 20 years.
The project – which debuted at No. 1 in the UK – features material recorded by Mason, guitarist David Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright during sessions for 1994’s “The Division Bell”, and serves as the band’s tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.
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