Eateries back help campaign

Launch of this year's StreetSmart Campaign. From left, Cheyl Harrington (St George's Crypt), Phil Marsden (Harvey Nichols), Kate Bratt-Farrar (Leeds Women's Aid), Rachel McAlley (Streetsmart), George Psarias (The Olive Tree), Christine Lane (St George's Crypt) and Gip Dammone (Salvo's).
21st October 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Launch of this year's StreetSmart Campaign. From left, Cheyl Harrington (St George's Crypt), Phil Marsden (Harvey Nichols), Kate Bratt-Farrar (Leeds Women's Aid), Rachel McAlley (Streetsmart), George Psarias (The Olive Tree), Christine Lane (St George's Crypt) and Gip Dammone (Salvo's). 21st October 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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Some of Leeds’ top restaurants have signed up to a campaign to help the homeless.

With the backing of the Yorkshire Evening Post it is the ninth year that StreetSmart has run in the city.

Last year’s campaign raised £15,500 towards homeless charities in the city and it is hoped this year that amount can be topped.

Eight restaurants, with the help of their customers, are taking part and money is raised during the festive months of November and December.

With the benefit of a tablecard or a reference on the menu, a voluntary £1 is added to the diners’ bill.

At the end of each month, the restaurant passes on all of these £1s to StreetSmart and the campaign then uses them to support reputable charities for the homeless.

This year three charities will benefit from the money raised. They are St George’s Crypt, Leeds Women’s Aid and Caring for Life.

The restaurants taking part this year are Salvo’s Headingley, Salvo’s Salumeria Headingley, The Olive Tree Headingley, Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant, MeatLiquor at 
Trinity, Crafthouse at Trinity, Chino Latino at the Park Plaza Hotel and The Granary Restaurant at Caring for Life, Cookridge.

George Psarias, owner of The Olive Tree has been involved with the campaign since it started nine years ago.

He said: “It’s the biggest charity campaign we do and most people are happy to help as they know it’s for a good cause.”

Rachel McAlley campaign manager added: “StreetSmart aims to support organisations where a person is recognised as an individual rather than just a statistic. For many of these smaller community projects, the funding StreetSmart provides is an essential lifeline.”

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