Published On: Sat, May 10th, 2014 on 2:24 pm

Child Fundraiser of the Year Bethany on a quest to May’ke a Million

Bethanys Smile Foundation

Bethany Hare says the event on 31 May will be the "biggest one yet"

A charitable 14-year-old is challenging everyone from Yorkshire to come together and help towards creating a respite home for children suffering from life-limiting illnesses.

Bethany Hare, from Horsforth in Leeds, will be holding a free day-long event at Millennium Square on 31 May to raise funds for a home named Smile Cottage.

The idea to build such a place came about after the teen spoke with staff at the Children’s Cancer Ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

She found that families need a place to spend quality time when faced with the news that their child has a life-limiting illness.

Bethany – who founded the Bethany’s Smile Foundation at the age of 12 – has already raised thousands by hosting her own fundraising activities, and the upcoming fundraiser promises to be the biggest one yet.

Bethany told the Yorkshire Standard: “This event will be the biggest one I’ve done and I’m trying to get all of Yorkshire involved. If each house can donate 50p, that could make two million pounds.

“I’m trying to get as many people to come on the day as we will have lots going on. Lots of entertainers will be on-stage, there will be awards, and celebrities.”

People will be able to meet Dee Adams, mum of 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner Nicola Adams, and Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth who plays Donna Windsor-Dingle.

The event will also host a special May’ke Fundraising Awards, as well as a Voice of Yorkshire talent show, as ten finalists will get to perform in front of a small group of celebrities.

In honour of the Grand Départ event, people will be able to try out exercise bikes and ‘Cycle a Mile for Bethany’s Smile’ – with the aim of covering the entire distance of the Yorkshire legs of the Tour De France.

So far, over £53,000 has been raised.

Bethany’s mum, Yvonne, said: “I’m very proud of Bethany. She’s had so much support and she works very hard to raise money. I really hope people can get behind the campaign.”

For more information about the event, please visit where you can also download a sponsorship form. You can also text MAYK98 £1 to 70070 to make a £1 donation via text.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Julie says:

    Excellent effort, will bring my family down on the day :)

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