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Fundraising star Bethany Hare has a date at Number 10
Yorkshire’s top teenage charity fundraiser was due to meet Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street this week.
Bethany Hare, who has raised more than £50,000 to help sick children, has been invited to a reception for recipients of the Princess Diana Award.
The schoolgirl, who lives in Horsforth, won the award last year for her fundraising efforts for Martin House Hospice Yesterday Bethany was due to travel down to London for the reception, along with her mum Yvonne, her friend Lauren Stocker and Lauren’s mum Nickki.
The invitation came after earlier this year Bethany met Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Princess Diana Award, at a party in London to celebrate what would have been the late princess’s 50th birthday.
Bethany, 13, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been invited to Downing Street and excited at the prospect of meeting Prime Minister David Cameron who is a patron of the Princess Diana Awards.”
Bethany, who goes to Horsforth School, founded Bethany’s Smile, the children’s charity which has raised more than £50,000 – with £22,000 of that going to Martin House.
The charity’s long-term target is now to raise £300,000 to buy a cottage by the coast for families of terminally-ill children to spend quality time together. Bethany was just ten when she began her fundraising with a short Charlie Chaplin style-film in which she sang Smile.
The film made international headlines when it ran into copyright problems, and donations poured in from around the world, breaking through her original target of £5,500.
She went on to organise a fundraising walk – the Walk Of Smiles – and to set up her own charity to continue the good work.
Putting her forward for the award, Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew said: “I think it is important young people in our society are good role models for their peers. Bethany is an inspiration.”