Around 1,000 people have gathered in Leeds city centre in support of a 14-year-old fundraiser’s charity goal.
Bethany Hare, from Horsforth, challenged visitors to Millennium Square to take part in the ‘May’ke a Million in May’ campaign to raise funds towards Smile Cottage – a respite home for children suffering with life-limiting illnesses.
The teenager, who started fundraising in 2010 after a video of her singing dressed up as Charlie Chaplin went viral, wanted to celebrate all things Yorkshire while raising money in the name of her Bethany’s Smile charity as she bids to raise £1m to build the cottage.
BBC TV presenter Ellie Crisell hosted Saturday’s May’ke It Happen event, where supporters were presented with special May’ke Fundraising Awards and visitors took on charity challenges in an area packed full of Irish dancers, stilt walkers, fire eaters, face painters and food from Catering Yorkshire.
Yvonne Hare, Bethany’s mother, said: “The event went really well. Bethany absolutely loved it, and I could hardly lift the collection buckets at the end of the day.
“It’s really important that people get behind this, it’s something that’s desperately needed.”
Although the fundraising total for the day is yet to be finalised, she said takings from the event were “in the thousands”.
Celebrity guests including Verity Rushworth and Mathew Bose, from Emmerdale, and Christine Talbot, from ITV Calendar, attended the event.
During the May’ke a Million in May campaign fundraisers have done everything from skydive to dress down for charity.
Bethany, the current Institute of Fundraising National Child Fundraiser of the Year, has so far raised £53,000 for charity.
Visit www.mayke.org or text MAYK98 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 to get involved.