One of Leeds’s favourite Italian restaurant’s going all out to hit the £20,000 mark

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One of the city’s favourite Italian restaurants is hoping its loyal customers will give them a bit of ‘va va voom’ as they go all out to help the homeless this year.

Salvo’s, in Headingley, were one of the first restaurants to back the StreetSmart campaign when it launched in Leeds back in 2002 and this year want to raise more than ever before.

StreetSmart, which runs nationally, asks diners at participating restaurants to add an extra pound to their bill during November and December and they are then divided between three chosen local charities.

Salvo’s already works with one of the beneficiary organisations, Caring For Life, and is hoping to pass the £20,000 mark for the amount of money it has contributed to the campaign over the years.

John Dammone from Salvo’s said: “We were one of the first restaurants in Leeds to get behind this amazing campaign and this year, with the generosity of our diners, we are going all out to smash our previous record of money raised for StreetSmart.

“We are hoping to break through the £20,000 mark as the total we have raised for StreetSmart since we first became involved.

“To do this in the 20th anniversary year of StreetSmart would be the cream on the cake for us.”

Salvo’s sister deli and cafe business, Salvo’s Salumeria, is also taking part along with nine other eateries around the city.

In Leeds, proceeds will go to St George’s Crypt, Caring for Life, and Leeds Women’s Aid - all working with homeless and vulnerable people - which gives extra significance for Salvo’s.

Mr Dammone added: “This campaign means so much to us as we are aware that every pound raised goes to three charities do so much in Leeds to help the homeless. In particular we are thrilled that one of the charities is Caring for Life just up the road from us in Cookridge with whom we already work with.”

Street Smart is administered without cost by Deutsche Bank.