Leeds schoolgirl Bethany Hare’s reputation as one of the country’s most inspirational teenage fundraisers will be underlined when she makes a visit to a very well known address.
Bethany, 14, from Horsforth, is heading to Downing Street for an early evening reception where she will get the chance to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
The event has been arranged to honour recipients of the Diana Award, which Bethany won at the start of last year.
She has raised around £50,000 for good causes after getting nationwide recognition by starring in a charity video dressed as Charlie Chaplin and singing the hit song Smile.
Bethany’s mum, Yvonne, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “She’s very excited – we all are!
“It’s a huge honour to be asked to go to Downing Street.
“It will be nice if she is able to grab a word with Mr Cameron – we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Bethany said: “I am extremely honoured to have been invited to Downing Street and excited at the prospect of meeting David Cameron.”
Bethany will be accompanied to Downing Street by Lauren Stocker, a supporter of her fundraising and a fellow pupil at Horsforth’s Scala School of Performing Arts.
Yvonne will also be making the trip to London, as will Lauren’s mum Nickki.
Bethany’s charity, the Bethany Hare Smile Foundation, was launched in late 2011 with the aim of raising money for children’s hospices across the UK. The Horsforth School pupil’s long-term target is to raise £300,000 for a holiday cottage at the coast for poorly youngsters and their families.
Launched in memory of the late Princess Diana, Diana Awards are handed to exceptional young people who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others.
Bethany’s big-hearted efforts have also been recognised with a Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Prize and a Young Fundraiser of the Year title from the Just Giving organisation.
She first made headlines when the record label that owns the copyright to Smile ordered her to take the song off her charity video.
However, the label eventually relented and allowed Bethany to use the music for a year, with donations subsequently flooding in from around the world.
For further information about her charity endeavours, visit: www.bethanyssmile.org