Charlie Chaplin girl up for two top awards

A schoolgirl who thwarted record bosses with an online video has been nominated for two fundraising awards.

Bethany Hare, 11, dressed as Charlie Chaplin for the video, in which she sung his classic hit Smile - but a record label in New York forced her to take the sound down because she didn't have permission to publish the song.

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Bethany's story, first reported in the YEP in July, made headlines all over the world and she managed to raise more than 7,000 for Martin House Children's Hospice, smashing her target of 5,000.

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Now, the schoolgirl from Horsforth has been nominated for two fundraising awards from charity website JustGiving, where the video was originally posted.

She is shortlisted in the Most Creative Fundraiser and Young Fundraiser

of the Year categories at the JustGiving Awards, which will be held at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 10.

Proud mum Yvonne told the YEP: "Bethany has worked so hard on her 'Smile' project and we think what she has achieved is amazing.

"Her fundraising amount currently stands at 7,035 and her final target is now 11,000."

Bethany's version of Smile is now back on the video webiste after

matters were finally resolved with record company Bourne Music.

The youngster funded the cost of the video herself through her work as an extra on Emmerdale.

Richard Cryer, from Castleford, has also been shortlisted in the Lifetime Achievement Award category. Rich and a team of volunteers, who make up Charity Adventure, have run many bike challenges in the UK over the past few years, raising 199,507 via JustGiving.

And two former university friends from Leeds who cycled 1,000 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End for a children's charity could also be in line for an award.Nick Freear and Mark Winter took part in a ride across Britain, which has been shortlisted in the Fundraiser of the Year category.

The team raised more than 27,000 for ventilators for babies at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.

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