Homeless charity fundraise StreetSmart returns in November for 20th birthday

By Andrew Don

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Homeless charity fundraise StreetSmart returns in November for 20th birthday

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Homeless charity StreetSmart has announced the launch of its 20th annual campaign, which will see top chefs and restaurateurs ask diners to contribute a voluntary £1 at the end of their meal to the cause.

The campaign, which will run from 1 November to the end of the year, has more than 500 UK restaurants lined up to participate.

These include Anzu, Ikoyi and Luca in London, El Gato Negro in Manchester and Issho in Leeds among the newcomers, which will aim to help StreetSmart top the £587,000 raised last year.

Existing supporters, such as The River Café, Ottolenghi, MEATliquor and Barrafina will continue to support the charity fundraising, which has raised more than £8.2m since 1998.

Participating venues will display a table card or other invitation to add £1 to the final bill. StreetSmart says it will distribute every penny to local charities in cities across the UK, and money given locally will remain local.

StreetSmart funded 69 homeless organisations last year.

“Homelessness is one of the big issues of our time," says Ruth Rogers, co-founder of The River Café. "We’ve been doing StreetSmart since the beginning.

"It’s just kept growing and become a bit of a family tree among restaurateurs in London.”

StreetSmart was set up in 1998 by William Sieghart, founder of Forward Publishing, and Mary-Lou Sturridge, the former director at The Groucho Club.

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