Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis puts name to walk

Harry Potter and ITV series The Syndicate actor Matthew Lewis with 13-year-old fundraiser Bethany Hare

Harry Potter and ITV series The Syndicate actor Matthew Lewis with 13-year-old fundraiser Bethany Hare

First published in Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Walkers raising money for a children’s charity will receive signed certificates from Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis.

Matthew, who played Neville Longbottom in the blockbuster films and has since starred in the series The Syndicate, is patron of the Bethany Hare Smile Foundation.

The charity, which raises money for children with chronic or terminal illnesses, was set up by 13-year-old Bethany Hare, who is holding her fourth fundraising Walk of Smiles on June 1.

The Horsforth schoolgirl began her fundraising with an online video of herself dressed as Charlie Chaplin and singing Smile. Since then she has organised a number of events, including walks and a fashion show, that have so far raised £35,000, £28,000 of which has been donated to Martin House children’s hospice.

Registration will be from 9.30am at Redbeck Field, Layton Road, Rawdon, LS19 6QS, when bacon sandwiches and hot and cold drinks will be available. The 5k walk will begin at 10.30am.  There will be free refreshments for all walkers at the start and half way point. Everyone is invited to wear outfits to make people smile or lots of colour. Go to bethanyssmile.org to download sponsorship forms.

This year the walk is being held in conjunction with Rawdon Fun Day, which is in its third year, and which was set up by a group of volunteers to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after it saved the life of a local man who lost his arm in a farming accident.

In addition to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the Rawdon event now also raises money for Bethany’s Smile and Tommy’s, a charity that funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.  This year’s fun day will include entertainers, a fire brigade car crash demonstration, fairground, birds of prey display, champagne tent, dog handling, and welly wanging championships. For more information go to rawdonfunday.co.uk.

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