Leeds Charlie Chaplin schoolgirl nominated for another award

Bethany Hare.

Bethany Hare.

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SHE was named Just Giving’s Young Fundraiser of the Year after her video of Charlie Chaplin’s hit song Smile became a global internet sensation.

And now, 11-year-old Bethany Hare is in line for another award after picking up a nomination from her local MP.

Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey and Horsforth, nominated Bethany for a Community prize in the Kids Count Inspiration Awards.

But Bethany, from Horsforth, has been told that the judges were so impressed, they moved her to the Most Inspirational Young Person category.

She has now been invited to attend an awards ceremony at Westminster on May 23.

Her mum Yvonne said: “Bethany is very happy and really excited about the awards.”

As reported in the YEP, Bethany raised more than £7,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice through her Smile video, which she posted on charity website Just Giving.

The youngster dressed as Charlie Chaplin and sang his hit song Smile, using her wages as an extra from Emmerdale to fund the charity venture.

Initially, she had to take the sound down from the website after being threatened with copyright action by the New York record company which owns the rights to the song.

The row was later resolved – but the worldwide press attention helped Bethany, who goes to Scala Performing Arts in Horsforth, pass her initial fundraising target of £5,500. She is now aiming to raise £11,000 to pay for the running of Martin House for an entire day.

In February, Bethany was named the UK’s Young Fundraiser of the Year at the annual Just Giving awards.

To watch the video, visit: www.justgiving.com/smile-bethanyhare

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