Yorkshire event in Leeds aims to May’ke a million

Fundraiser Bethany Hare from Horsforth. (TJ1002/47l) Picture by Tony Johnson
Fundraiser Bethany Hare from Horsforth. (TJ1002/47l) Picture by Tony Johnson
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Yorkshire folk are set to gather to help make the dreams of a 14-year-old fundraiser come true.

Bethany Hare, from Horsforth, started out by dressing up as Charlie Chaplin and singing for her charity Bethany’s Smile.

That was four years ago, now the teenager is taking her biggest challenge to date by organising a day to celebrate all things Yorkshire.

The May’ke event, backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post, is to take place in Millennium Square on May 31. Special guests will include Bethany’s Smile patrons, actor Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and Verity Rushworth (Donna Dingle in Emmerdale), along with Dee Adams, the mum of Olympic gold medal winner Nicola Adams.

Bethany, who is current Child Fundraiser of the Year, said: “I’m challenging people from my home county of Yorkshire to come together and ‘May’ke a Million in May’ as part of a month-long campaign to raise funds towards building Smile Cottage, a respite home for children suffering from life-limiting illnesses.”

Bethany has already raised £50,000 through numerous fundraising activities, but the May’ke campaign promises to be her biggest yet – and it culminates with a very special day-long event in Millennium Square, Leeds.

The free event on May 31 will mark the end of a month of Yorkshire fundraising and special May’ke Fundraising Awards will be presented to various people.

There is set to be a wide variety of performers and entertainers are already confirmed for the event, as well as a range of stalls and some very special guests.

It is not too late to get involved and people can visit www.mayke.org for more details.

The May’ke Campaign and A Celebration Of Yorkshire are supported by Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Evening Post, Welcome To Yorkshire, Simplyhealth UK, CMS Advertising and Marketing, HGF Intellectual Property Lawyers, Burrow & Crowe Accountants and Business Advisors, Sound Sense and PDQ Printing Services.

Bethany Hare is currently a pupil at Horsforth School and Scala School of Performing Arts.

She started fundraising in 2010 and her long-term aim is to build and maintain a cottage looking out to sea, where families can go and spend quality time when they are told that their child has a short life expectancy, terminal illness or life threatening condition. Bethany has set a target of £1,000,000 to buy property or land on which to build the cottage.

To date she has raised more than £53,000.

She is the current Institute of Fundaising National Child Fundraiser of the Year.

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