By Andreas Mullings
AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager determined to raise a whopping £300,000 for seriously ill children has her sights set on a talent show in Millennium Square.
Bethany Hare, just 13, from Horsforth has already raised £36,000 for Martin House, a hospice for children with progressive life limiting illnesses, by launching her own charity, Bethany’s Smile.
And now she is in discussions with Leeds City Council to host a large scale talent show – with the winners bagging a free session in a recording studio and hopefully the honor of turning on the Leeds Christmas lights.
Mum Yvonne Hare said: “It will the biggest even we have ever done.”
Bethany has already been named Just Giving’s Young Fundraiser of the Year award 2011 and given the Princess Diana fundraising award 2012, as well as many others.
Most recently Martin House has nominated Bethany for Child Fundraiser of the year award.
Her target will be to pay for a holiday cottage for children from Martin House and their families.
Bethany, a pupil at Horsforth School, first began fundraising by making her Smile video, impersonating Charlie Chaplin with the words edited to suit the charity.
She said: “It started at my Granddad’s, and the song Smile came on the radio. He told me I wasn’t singing it in tune, so I went away to practice and on his birthday I sang it to him.
“Then I decided to make a video of it and put it on Just Giving. It raised £1,800 in donations.”
Over the past three years she has hosted a fashion show with volunteer professional designers and clothes donated from the ASDA George range, as well as walks, talks and videos all based around Martin House.
Mrs Hare said: “I am extremely proud of Bethany as she works very hard with her fundraising and really does want to make a difference. And on top of this her school reports are all always exceptional.
“She had the fashion show at the end of February, and two days afterwards she came to me and said ‘mummy I have another idea’, I said wait for a week or two.”
She added: “We are looking for more people to get on-board to start fundraising. We have launched a club called Smilers Club, where other children they get more support and help with fundraising.”
Bethany’ said: “The club is for any kind of fundraising, not just Martin House. We want to tell people how much fun fundraising is and to build a huge new generation of fundraisers who are educated about various charities and their needs.”
Bethany is currently selling vintage Yorkshire Dales photographs in pop up stalls at events around Yorkshire.
For more information on the show or to get involved with Bethany’s work you can visit her website onwww.bethanyssmile.org/ or follow her twitter on @WalkOfSmiles