Bethany's Smile charity fashion show, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds

PUBLISHED: 21:19 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:15 05 April 2013

Bethany Hare with Ellie Crisell and Matthew Lewis

Bethany Hare with Ellie Crisell and Matthew Lewis

Stars lend their support to a young campaigner raising money for children with life-threatening illnesses

Guests helped to raise 3,440 during a fashion show in aid of a charity called Bethanys Smile founded by a Leeds school girl.


Bethany Hare from Horsforth began fundraising for her local childrens hospice by making her own charity video dressed as Charlie Chaplin paid for with her pocket money two years ago when she was just 10 years old.


The video went viral on the internet, received global media coverage and donations poured in from around the world, which she donated to Martin House Childrens Hospice.


Since then Bethanys charity has raised 34,000 for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses through different fundraisers including a designer led fashion show called Styles for Smiles at Headingley Experience, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds.


The event was hosted by BBC news presenter Ellie Crisell and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis, also from Horsforth. It featured a catwalk show and auction with a host of designers and fashion houses supporting the cause.


Those showing their collections included Zara Mia, Domanska+Bracken, Jag Kaur, Deepak Bhambra, Kendelle, Nicola Sharpe, Accent Clothing, Chimp, Belles Bejewelled, Asobi Fashion, Agwein Reid and SBC.


Styles for Smiles was so much more than anything I expected when I first began planning my charity fashion show, said Bethany. The collections from the designers and retailers were all gorgeous and the child and adult models were all fantastic. The Scala kids got so much support from the audience and all cannot wait to do it again next year. I cant wait for Styles for Smiles 2014.


Matthew Lewis, a patron of the charity, said he was so pleased to be able to help Bethany at the fashion show. It was a great night and raised a lot of money. Everyone worked so hard to bring the evening together and although auctioneering isnt really my forte, I was thrilled to make my debut for the evening.


Donations to Bethanys Smile go towards Martin House Childrens Hospice and other chosen charities supporting children with life threatening conditions along with supporting families directly, with care outside the hospice environment. Bethanys long-term aim is to raise 300,000 to build Smile Cottage, where families can spend quality time and build happy memories when they are faced with the news that their child has a very short life expectancy.


The fundraiser was also supported by organisers of Leeds Fashion Show, Sherelle Davidson and Rhonda Richards, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Cutting Room Creative, creative make-up artist Pamela Clare, Asda in Guiseley, Scala Kids Performing Arts and Multitude Media.


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