Restaurant bills in Cornwall will have an additional £1 added as donation to homeless people during the November-December period. Three charities in the locality will get funds through this annual campaign. The sponsor is Deutsche Bank and the money raised within Cornwall will not go outside the country.
Lucy Cornes a coordinator tells us that the scheme will begin on November 1. All the member restaurants get the permission from their diner to add £1. Most of the people agree and sometimes donate more, however they have the right to decline. This is the opinion of people regarding StreetSmart and the other charities.
Restaurants participating in the program this year are Nathan Outlaws Restaurant, Trevaskis Inn, Archie Browns , Cornish Arms and Old Quay Inn. Most of the restaurants are located in Truro, Devoran, Penzance and Padstow. Other restaurants had joined earlier. They include Harbour Supply Kitchen Store, Halsetown Inn, Treloyhan Manor, Mustard and Rye, Blue Plate and Alba. Many more joined from St Ives and Port Issac.
Helen Mulhern, the MD at Eventy helps coordinate StreetSmart in the Cornwall area. She said that they had been operating StreetSmart for the past several years and were delighted to find increasing interest among restaurants to participate in the year 2013. More were urged to participate.
It was important that people should become aware of the charities and the support of the restaurants could be the key factor to raising funds for the homeless people within Cornwall. The amount raised by StreetSmart last year across UK was £805,000.
Visitors can visit the drop-in centers for some food as they to discuss their problems. Countrywide, the branches of the food bank deliver food to these centres. The visitors can pick up nutritious food for their family.
St Petroc’s Society gives shelter to the most helpless people in Cornwall. These homeless single people need a refuge when temperatures drop below zero. Women and children who were victims of domestic violence find shelter at Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust. Funds from StreetSmart have found diverse uses such as providing sessions on matters relating to healthy food, refurbishing bedrooms, keeping support groups functioning, building life skills and developing ones ego and for first aid.