Charlie Chaplin fundraiser Bethany Hare is planning a fashion show extravaganza, to raise even more cash for children with terminal illnesses.
She now has a target of £300,000 for a holiday cottage in Yorkshire where families of youngsters with terminal or chronic illness can have a break.
The Bethany Hare Fashion Show, in association with Leeds Fashion Show, takes place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on February 28.
Bethany, 13, a pupil at Horsforth High School, said: “I wanted to organise a fashion show to raise more money to be able to help and support lots of children who have serious illnesses.
“The support from Asda, Rhonda and Sherelle at Leeds Fashion Show, and the other businesses involved has been amazing. I can’t wait for the event.”
Patron of Bethany’s Smile is actor Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and also stars in BBC drama The Syndicate.
Bethany is hoping Matthew, as well as Leeds-born Manchester City footballer Micah Richards, are among the famous guests.
Bethany’s fundraising began when she was just 10 and she made a Charlie Chaplin-style video in which she directed, acted and sang the song Smile.
The video received global attention and raised over £8,400 in a couple of weeks which she gave to Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby.
She has since raised more than £34,000. Through her Bethany’s Smile charity she wants to help children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses outside the hospice environment and has a separate target of £300,000 to build a Smile holiday cottage.
Proud mum Yvonne Hare, from Horsforth, said fundraising had undoubtedly taken over their lives: “The support Bethany is receiving now is amazing. Sherelle Davidson and Rhonda Richards have been amazing.”
Choreographer Han Claxton Payne, who has worked with George Michael, is choreographing the evening which will feature 18 models and 12 child models. Tickets are £10. More details at www.bethanyssmile.org.