The actor David Bradley is entertaining children across Warwickshire with a special storytime session about a much-loved bear, as he searches for a healthy, environmentally-friendly and fun way to travel to school.
The new story – The Active Adventures of Warwick Bear – follows Warwick Bear, Warwickshire’s road safety mascot.
Throughout his adventures, Warwick meets some special superheroes who help him see that it is always better to travel actively.
David, most famous for his roles as Argus Filch in Harry Potter and Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, said it was a “pleasure” to help Warwickshire County Council and its road safety partners.
He said: “I was very happy to be asked to be involved in bringing the Active Adventures of Warwick Bear to as many of Warwickshire’s young people as possible.
“As a parent, and now a grandparent, myself, I am acutely aware how important it is for our children to be raised with an awareness of these important concepts and being able to help get the message out has been a pleasure.”
The Active Adventures of Warwick Bear is written by Louise Newham, road safety officer and illustrated by Michael Jackson, both from Warwickshire County Council.
It is the latest story to be added to a growing collection of road safety and active travel stories.
Cllr Wallace Redford, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: “If we are to face the challenges of the climate emergency, it is essential that our young people adopt active travel as their primary way of getting to and from school.
“Not only is it good for the climate, but it’s also better for their health and wellbeing too.
“The Active Adventures of Warwick Bear is a great and engaging way to encourage families to do this and we are hugely grateful to David Bradley for generously giving his time to launch this story.”