Celebrity chefs and fine dining restaurants have joined a Yorkshire Evening Post backed campaign to help some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
StreetSmart is launching again at eateries across Leeds and from next Wednesday diners can do their bit to help three local charities when eating out in November and December.
If you are eating at one of the 12 participating restaurants, this year boosted by Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian and the two new D&D Restaurants in Victoria Gate, simply add an extra £1 on to your food and drink bill.
Those extra pounds will be collected up and at the end of the two month campaign the much needed cash boost, where nothing is deducted thanks to financial admin support from Deutsche Bank, will be distributed to St George’s Crypt, Caring for Life, and Leeds Women’s Aid.
The national campaign runs in 22 cities across the UK and in Leeds alone the 2016 effort raised £20,526.85 for the three organisations.
Caring For Life is a registered Christian charity which provides accommodation and ongoing support, St George’s Crypt works with the homeless and vulnerable and those suffering from addiction while Leeds Women’s Aid’s mission is to protect women and children in Leeds from the damage domestic violence can have on their lives.
Rachel McAlley, StreetSmart Leeds campaign manager, said; “We had an excellent launch for StreetSmart Leeds, with almost all of the supporting restaurants in attendance.
“The Leeds campaign is lucky to have support from Harvey Nichols, Salvo’s, Crafthouse, Angelica, The Granary Restaurant, Issho, East 59th, MEATliquor, Marco’s New York Italian and Chino Latino. It was an excellent opportunity to introduce the three homeless Charities that StreetSmart Leeds supports throughout November and December to each of the participating restaurateurs.”