Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

Spare a pound and help homeless get off the ground: Manchester restaurants ask customers to donate for Christmas

Spare a pound and help homeless get off the ground: Manchester restaurants ask customers to donate for Christmas

By Sam Taylor

A national campaign to help homeless charities at Christmas time is returning to Manchester after the resounding success of last year.

The StreetSmart Campaign is again working with restaurants across Manchester that ask customers to voluntarily add £1 to their bill throughout November and December.

The contributions are totalled up and donated straight to organisations that provide support for homeless people.

Amanda Croome from the Booth Centre said the campaign had been supporting them for a number of years.

“Streetsmart is a great fundraising scheme,” she said. “Our centre not only helps people to find a new home, to sort out benefit problems and address health and addiction issues but also very importantly helps them to re-settle in the community and get back into employment.”

BBC Radio 5 live’s Richard Bacon pledged his support to the campaign after the station moved to Salford’s MediaCityUK.

He said the campaign was the smartest and most effective way of tackling homelessness.

“There's no worse time of year for people to be sleeping rough and a tiny numerical adjustment to your bill, one so small you wouldn't even have noticed, will help,” he added.

Restaurants raised £23,000 last year, this was then matched the government.

Glenn Pougnet, Director of StreetSmart, said: “We are indebted to Manchester restaurateurs and their staff for continuing to back the campaign.

“Thanks to their efforts and the generosity of their customers we will be able to help those most in need this winter.”

The campaign runs until December 31. Full lists of participating restaurants and charities can be found at www.streetsmart.org.uk.

For more information contact Siobhan Hanley on siobhan.r.hanley@gmail.com or 07793 279276.

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