Leeds restaurants serve up much-needed help for homeless

John Dammone from Salvo's, Liz Brownnutt from Caring for Life, Cheryl Harrington from St George's Crypt, George Psarias from The Olive Tree, Elizabath Knight and Adele Newton from St Anne's and Joe McKillop from Caring For Life. Pic: James Hardisty.
John Dammone from Salvo's, Liz Brownnutt from Caring for Life, Cheryl Harrington from St George's Crypt, George Psarias from The Olive Tree, Elizabath Knight and Adele Newton from St Anne's and Joe McKillop from Caring For Life. Pic: James Hardisty.
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RESTAURANTS in Leeds are dishing up support for some of the city’s homeless charities.

So far, a dozen local eateries have signed up for the annual Streetsmart campaign, which is backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The campaign raised a staggering £21,000 for charities in Leeds last year – and it is hoped the success will continue for 2015.

The StreetSmart initiative sees participating restaurants add a discretionary £1 to their customers’ bills.

All proceeds go directly to five different charities based right here in Leeds.

This year, 12 restaurants are getting involved in the campaign, which is running throughout November and December.

Rachel McAlley is the campaign manager for StreetSmart Leeds.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, she said: “We are hoping that 2015 will be the biggest year yet.

“We have 12 restaurants on board this year, which is more than last year, and two of those are new to the campaign.

“We are hoping that customers and diners at the restaurants are willing to put that extra pound on their bill to support homeless charities in and around Leeds.”

Sponsors Deutsche Bank pay for all the costs of administration fees and print materials for StreetSmart, meaning that the full £1 donated to the cause goes straight towards helping the homeless in Leeds.

The 12 restaurants taking part this year include: The Olive Tree restaurants in Headingley and Chapel Allerton; Salvo’s and Salvo’s Salumeria in Headingley; Bar Soba on Merrion Street; The Granary at Caring for Life in Cookridge; Chino Latino at the Park Plaza Hotel; Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant; MeatLiquor at Trinity Leeds; Dish on Boar Lane and Crafthouse and Angelica at Trinity Leeds.

The five charities involved this year are Caring for Life, Teen Challenge, St George’s Crypt, St Anne’s Community Services and Leeds Women’s Aid.

For more information about the StreetSmart campaign, visit the website at streetsmart.org.uk.

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