Bethany Hare from Yorkshire, who won a RIBI Young Citizen Award in 2012 for her fundraising activities, is carrying on the good work this weekend by staging a singing competition to an audience of thousands in Millennium Square, Leeds.
Since winning her Young Citizen Award, Bethany has been voted Yorkshire’s Child Fundraiser of the year and has launched the competition, Voice of Yorkshire, to discover the hidden vocal talents inside Yorkshire’s homes and offices.
The free event on May 31 is open to everyone (midday to 9pm) and marks the end of Bethany’s May’ke a Million in May fundraising campaign to raise funds towards building Smile Cottage, a respite home for children suffering from life-limiting illnesses. It is the first time Yorkshire has been brought together for a single fundraising cause and it is hoped that it will make a significant contribution to Bethany’s target of £1,000,000 to provide the respite cottage.
The May’ke Voice of Yorkshire overall winner will be selected by a panel of celebrities and the winner will be presented with a trophy and other fabulous prizes as well as being crowned the winner of May’ke Voice of Yorkshire. All proceeds will go to Bethany’s own charity, Bethany’s Smile, whose patrons include Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and Verity Rushworth who plays Donna Dingle in the soap Emmerdale, who will also be at the event.