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

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

Andrew Whitaker – Trustee

Andrew is Executive Principal of The White Rose Acadamies Trust.

Sharon Louise Wooler – Trustee

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Sharon began her career working in the Finance department of Yorkshire Bank where she worked for over 13 years. During this time, along with gaining a sound financial understanding, Sharon also obtained her Institute of Banking qualifications, before leaving to start a family.
Sharon later returned to work in a new role of Finance & Fundholding for a local General Practitioners practice where she worked for over 10 years.
Sharon then joined Channon & Co Group as Accounts Manager, later progressing to become Head of Finance and Company Secretary to the entire Channon Group, including Phoenix Asset Management Partners Ltd, a Company which manages assets of over a billion pound and who are one of the leading private Investment companies in London. Sharon has now been with Channon Group for over 15 years.
Sharon has more recently also taken up the position of Director of Alice Peto Ltd, the latest acquisition of the Channon Group, a well-respected English company which provides tableware. Sharon, in charge of not only Finance and Customer Care, also plays an integral part in design and branding, entirely different to her other Directorships within the Channon group.
Sharon has been involved with the Bethany’s Smile charity since it was founded in 2012, hugely supporting all previous planned events as a volunteer. She is delighted at the honour of becoming a Trustee in 2019, always proud to support Bethany’s Smile, in turn supporting children with life changing and life threatening illnesses.

RC Bridgestock – Ambassadors

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.