"My name is Bethany Hare and I am 15 years of age.
I began fundraising when I was just ten. My inspiration for charity work came from
performing in a show to support a children's hospice in Yorkshire. The organiser
of the show asked the children taking part to try and find a poem or a reading to
encourage people to donate to the hospice. I researched and found that the hospice
had a book which was written by children who had stayed there. I bought a copy of
the book and could not put it down. The book inspired me to read more about the hospice
and I learned that it costs £12,000 a year to run. I decided to help.
I made a short Charlie Chaplin style video on which I sang the song Smile. The video
went viral and within two weeks I had raised £8,400. I then organised an event called
the Walk of Smiles. I spoke to children in school assemblies and invited them to
walk with me wearing outfits to make people Smile. On the day over 250 people turned
up and another £10k was raised. I have never looked back since and although I am
only 15, I know that fundraising and charity work will always be a big part of my
I try to support as many charities as possible by singing free of charge at events.
It is through my singing that I have become involved with an amazing charity - Children
of Peace. I am extremely honoured to have been given the role of Youth Ambassador
for Music for this fantastic cause.
I believe that performing and fundraising really complement each other and I am delighted
that my singing will play a part in helping to raise funds and awareness of Children
of Peace. I hope to be able to perform at lots of Children of Peace events and use
my music to help the charity in as many ways as possible.
Children of Peace aim to make a positive difference to the lives of Children who
are suffering due to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. When I discovered that
so many children are injured and suffering and that hundreds of babies are being
born in shelters, it just made me feel strongly that I needed to become involved
with this charity to hopefully help them achieve their goals - to make a positive
difference to children's lives and to build peace.
I am extremely honoured to be able to play a part in this work for peace."
Photo: Zoe Bell
Thousands of vulnerable children in Israel and Palestine suffer from the conflict.
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