Leeds restaurant dishes out help for homeless

Dish owner Michael Foster.
Dish owner Michael Foster.
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A CITY centre restaurant is showing some festive spirit and dishing up help for homeless people in Leeds.

Dish, on Boar Lane, is supporting the YEP-backed StreetSmart campaign for the first time this year.

The campaign sees diners add £1 to their bill to help the homeless across Leeds.

Last year, StreetSmart raised a staggering £20,000 – and it is hoped the success will continue this year.

Rachel McAlley is the campaign manager for StreetSmart Leeds.

Speaking at the campaign launch, she said: “It’s great to have two new restaurants on board this year, as well as a new charity.

“Fingers crossed it will be just as much of a success as it was last year.”

Nine eateries from across Leeds have signed up to StreetSmart.

The campaign, which runs until the end of December, sees diners add a voluntary £1 to their bill when dining at participating restaurants.

All of the money raised will stay right here in Leeds, and will be going to a variety of homeless charities and causes.

Charities that will be benefitting from the scheme this year include Leeds Women’s Aid, Teen Challenge Leeds, St George’s Crypt, Caring For Life and the St Anne’s Resource Centre.

Dish is one of nine Leeds restaurants that have signed up to the annual StreetSmart fundraiser.

Also taking part for the first time is MeatLiquor at Trinity Leeds, which opened earlier this year.

Other restaurants involved in the fundraiser include Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Restaurant at Briggate, Crafthouse at Trinity Leeds, Salvo’s in Headingley, The Olive Tree restaurants across Leeds and Chino Latino, located above the Park Plaza Hotel on Boar Lane.

For more about StreetSmart Leeds or to make a donation, visit www.streetsmart.org.uk/leeds.