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Bristol homeless charities to benefit from StreetSmart

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Diners across Bristol will be asked to add 1 to their meal bill this winter

Diners in Bristol are being asked by a number of city restaurants to support local homeless charities.

Across the city, 13 restaurants will be taking part in the StreetSmart project this winter.

StreetSmart raises funds for the homeless through restaurants, adding an optional £1 onto each table's bill during November and December.

The money raised will go towards Bristol Soup Run Trust, Caring at Christmas, One25 and The Space Trust.

In January, the money from each restaurant is added together and then shared between charities locally.

Although a national campaign, a total of £100,000 has been raised by restaurants in Bristol during the past 10 years.

Bell's Diner
Berwick Lodge
Bistro La Barrique
Café Maitreya
Delmonico, Fisher's
Greens Dining Room
Primrose Café
Second Floor- Harvey Nichols
Shanghai Nights
The Living Room

"The voluntary £1 donation from diners is a small ask that makes a big difference," said Lisa Young, who's looking after StreetSmart in the Bristol area.

"The whole pound is given to the local charities. It is a great way for restaurants and diners to support the homeless as the temperatures start dropping."

Past events have shown that less than 1% of diners actually opt out of the scheme, with some diners giving more than £1.

Locally, the four befitting charities each address different facets of homelessness.

One25 works with women trapped in street sex work, and Space helps people start out in a home by providing basic items of furniture.

Caring at Christmas runs a Christmas shelter and also provides temporary accommodation with voluntary hosts for people aged 16 to 24, and the Bristol Soup Run Trust operates a soup run to Bristol's homeless every night of the year.

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