SOME OF Leeds’ most popular and well-loved restaurants have added their support to a campaign to help the homeless this festive season.
StreetSmart aims to support organisations where a person is recognised as an individual rather than just a statistic.
StreetSmart is a nationwide program that offers diners the chance to give something to those in need when eating out, by adding an optional £1 donation to the final bill.
All you have to do is pay up as normal, and the full quid goes straight to local charities helping the homeless.
Three Leeds charities will benefit from the money raised this November and December - St. George’s Crypt, Leeds Women’s Aid, and Caring for Life.
Described by backer Stephen Fry as “Low in bureaucracy and high on delivering”, StreetSmart has been operating in Leeds since 2008, and this year they hope to top the £15,500 raised locally in 2015.
“StreetSmart aims to support organisations where a person is recognised as an individual rather than just a statistic. For many of these smaller community projects, the funding StreetSmart provides is an essential lifeline.” says StreetSmart campaign manager Rachel McAlley.
Ranging from local independents to national brands, this year’s Leeds participating restaurants are: Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant, MEATliquor, Crafthouse, Chino Latino, Salvo’s Headingley, Salvo’s Salumeria Headingley, The Olive Tree Headingley, and The Granary Restaurant Cookridge.
So, if you're eating out in any of those this November and December, you're allowed to feel a little bit smug about doing something good for somebody less fortunate, while you're treating yourself.