Diners' grand job for Leeds's rough sleepers

Generous customers of a Leeds restaurant chain have helped raise more than £1,000 for a campaign to help the homeless.

George Psarias, owner of The Olive Tree restaurants in Rodley, Far Headingley and Chapel Allerton, has revealed the midway total that will

be donated to the YEP-backed StreetSmart appeal.

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Customers eating out at one of 12 participating StreetSmart restaurants between November 1 and December 31 are being asked to donate 1 per table at the end of their meal as part of the Leeds leg of a national campaign.

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This year the cash will be split between Caring for Life, Leeds Simon Community, St George's Crypt, Teen Challenge, Raise at St Anne's and Create, which all work with the homeless in Leeds.

George, who hopes to raise around 3,000 by the end of the campaign and has backed it from the start, said: "It isn't a bad midway total. We should raise even more money in December because it's a busier month.

"Some of our customers have given much more than we would expect. We got two envelopes back with 5 in each, so the reaction has as always been really good."

In 2009 a record 21,000 was collected in Leeds – more than any other city outside of London, and more than Manchester's and Birmingham's totals combined.

George said: "I sympathise with the homeless - in particular at this time of the year when it gets really really cold. Our customers have been very generous."

Participating restaurants are: The Olive Tree at Rodley, Far Headingley and Chapel Allerton; Salvo's and Salvo's Salumeria in Headingley; Casa Mia Grande and Casa Mia Cafe at Chapel Allerton; Fourth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols; The Living Rroom on Greek Street; Casa Mia Millennium and Kendells Bistro, which are all in Leeds city centre, and La Rosa Restaurant & Bar at Pudsey.

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