Meet our people

Bethany Hare – Founder/Ambassador

In addition to her current fundraising Bethany has raised over £30,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. A continuous fundraiser who is always thinking of new fundraising ideas and thoroughly enjoys what she does, Bethany’s work has been recognised by various organisations:

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Just Giving Young Fundraiser of the Year 2011
The Kids Count UK – Most Inspirational Young Person 2011
The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen of the Year 2011
The Yorkshire Children of Courage and Achievement Award for Fundraising 2011 (nominated by Martin House)
The Rotary Club – Leeds Service Above Self Award 2012
Princess Diana Award Champion Fundraiser 2012 (nominated by her school)
Rotary GB&I National Young Citizen Award 2012
Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship
Institute Of Fundraising Child Fundraiser of the Year 2013 (nominated by Martin House)

Bethany enjoys performing arts and feels that the combination of performing and fundraising works extremely well together. Bethany happily performs free of charge for other charities in the hope of encouraging donations for them. She understands how difficult it is to raise funds and from her own fundraising events, she realises how important it is for charities to have the support of entertainers.

One of Bethany’s aims is to try and encourage other young people to become fundraisers too.

Matthew Lewis – Patron

Matthew Lewis is a Professional Actor. Matthew played Neville Longbottom in all eight of the Harry Potter films, and has also appeared in The Syndicate (BBC One) and Bluestone 42 (BBC Three)

“What Bethany’s doing is fantastic and I’m delighted to support the charity as much as possible. A huge amount of money has already been raised, and with Bethany’s drive I know a heap more will be raised over the coming years”.Matthew Lewis

Stuart Andrew MP – Chair of Trustees

Stuart was the Head of Fundraising at Martin House Children’s Hospice before taking his seat in Parliament in 2011.

“I felt very honoured to have been asked to be a Trustee of the ‘Bethany Hare’s Smile Foundation’. I have had the privilege of watching Bethany’s fundraising activities go from strength to strength”.

“Bethany is an inspiration and fantastic role model to young people in our society. Bethany has lots of fundraising ideas and I have every confidence that ‘Bethany’s Smile’ will make an incredible difference to other people’s lives”.Stuart Andrew MP

Karl Smith – Trustee

Karl is the son of the late Ernest Smith, Founder of Green Flag.

“I am honoured to take on the role as one of the trustees for Bethany’s new charity – ‘Bethany Hare’s Smile Foundation’. Knowing what Bethany has already achieved so far, it looks like any involvement with ‘Bethany’s Smile’ will be exciting, rewarding and fulfilling and I look forward to working with everyone in whatever capacity. I think it is fantastic that Bethany’s efforts have already been recognised with various awards - these were all well deserved”.Karl Smith

RC Bridgestock – Ambasssadors

Between them Bob and Carol Bridgestock have nearly half a century of experience within the West Yorkshire Police Service and their experience and involvement in high profile cases has provided the fuel that brings their writing to life.

They are Ambassadors and supporters of Bethany’s Smile.