Restaurant dishes up help for Leeds’s homeless

SLAP UP MEAL: Clients of St George's Crypt at Gaucho restaurant.
SLAP UP MEAL: Clients of St George's Crypt at Gaucho restaurant.
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Homeless people in Leeds were treated to a festive three-course meal at a top city centre restaurant.

Around 100 clients from local charity St George’s Crypt were invited to tuck in at Gaucho Leeds on Park Row.

Clients dined on Argentinian steak followed by traditional Christmas pudding as part of a festive the restaurant’s annual charity Christmas dinner.

The starter was a tomato soup, which was made at the St George’s Crypt kitchens by staff and clients.

Amie Giardino, from Gaucho, said: “Christmas is the time of year when we all want the best for those around us and that is why Gaucho is committed to its annual Christmas dinner at St George’s Crypt.

“We are honoured to be working with a charity which provides good deeds and help to those in need 365 days a year, and hope that this event brings happiness and enjoyment to those who need it most.”

She added: “We’re also grateful for support from Gaucho’s food and beverage suppliers.”

Santa Claus and his elves paid a visit to hand out some presents, which were donated by business people from Yorkshire and beyond, including Morrisons, Asda and Southcombe Gloves.

Guests also included former Leeds United footballer Eddie Gray and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray and his wife Edna.

Lunch was followed by an afternoon of entertainment.

All of the food used at the annual festive feast was donated by Gaucho suppliers.

Staff at the restaurant gave up their time to serve and prepare the dinners for free for the local cause.

Last year the initiative was also a huge success, with 70 Crypt clients attending.

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DONATION: The cheque for �27,317 is handed over to Epilepsy Action.

Ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds’s £27,000 charity total