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Bethany Hare’s Smile Foundation (also known as ‘Bethany’s Smile) was founded in December 2011 by Bethany Hare (then aged 12). Bethany first began fundraising in Summer 2010 when she made a short Charlie Chaplin style film to which she sang ‘Smile’. The film received global media coverage and donations poured in from around the world to support Bethany’s cause which was, at the time, Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. Following on from this Bethany organised a community event called ‘The Walk Of Smiles’, a 10K sponsored walk for which she dressed as Charlie Chaplin and asked all the other walkers to also dress up in outfits to make people ‘Smile’. Bethany spoke in assemblies at local schools to ask children to walk with her. The event raised £10,000! Bethany then decided that she would like to both continue and expand her fundraising in order to support children with life limiting/life threatening illnesses and their families both inside and outside the hospice – a kind of ‘Hospice with no walls’- and therefore decided to set up her own charity. She set up Bethany’s Smile in December 2012. Through the charity Bethany also aims to inspire and empower other young people to become fundraisers too, by speaking at various events about her fundraising.
Bethany fashion shoot credits
Photograph: Glen Pearson Photography Works
Hair, Make-up and Artistic Director: Pamela Clare MUA
Designer: Savanna Morrish
Stylist: Rhonda Richards