GENEROUS diners at restaurants across Leeds have helped raise over £20,000 for local homeless charities.
Visitors at 12 of the city’s top eateries have been tucking in to help the StreetSmart Leeds campaign, which aims to tackle homelessness by asking diners to voluntarily add £1 to their bill.
The annual Yorkshire Evening Post-backed appeal has raised a staggering £20,254.04.
Rachel McAlley, spokeswoman for StreetSmart, said: “It has been another outstanding year for Leeds restaurants raising funds for StreetSmart.
“We are standing at the £20,000 mark, which will be split evenly between the five charities.
“I would like to personally thank all 12 restaurants that took part.”
All proceeds from the Leeds campaign will be split between Caring For Life, Simon on the Street, St George’s Crypt, Teen Challenge Leeds and St Anne’s Community Services’ Resource Centre on York Street.
Carolyn Alexander, project manager at the St Anne’s Centre, said: “It has been amazing.
“Apart from the financial input that allows us to put on specific projects, it is the statement that it makes to our clients. It tells them that people care.”
Jemma Flowers, from Samuel Valentine Urban Food Hall in Allerton Bywater, said: “This is the second year we’ve supported the campaign.
“It’s a worthwhile cause with long term benefits for people who are on the streets – helping give them confidence and getting them back into work.
She added: “We will definitely be taking part in the campaign next year.”
Sponsor Deutsche Bank is the financial backing behind StreetSmart and helps ensure each £1 given to the campaign goes to the local causes.
This year, the participating StreetSmart Leeds restaurants included: The Olive Tree at Rodley, Far Headingley and Chapel Allerton; Angelica and Crafthouse at Trinity Leeds; Salvo’s and Salvo’s Salumeria in Headingley; Fourth Floor at Harvey Nichols; Chino Latino at the Park Plaza Hotel and Samuel Valentine Urban Food Hall in Allerton Bywater.
The Botanist also held an event to support the cause and raised £40.
To find out more information about the StreetSmart Leeds campaign, you can visit the website at www.streetsmart.org.uk/leeds.