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December 09 2011
StreetSmart channels restaurant-goers’ donations into services for the region’s homeless people


November saw the launch of the annual Birmingham StreetSmart campaign, which raises funds to tackle homelessness by asking restaurant goers to add a voluntary £1 per table to diners’ bills in the busy run-up to Christmas. Thanks to the generous support of Deutsche Bank, every penny of every £1 donated is given to the charity to support homeless organisations.

Stephen Fry, a patron of the campaign, states: “StreetSmart is low in bureaucracy and high on delivering where help is needed. We may not be able to solve the question of homelessness, but at least by doing something, we in some way diminish its tyranny.”

In Birmingham, the money raised goes directly to charities such as St Basil’s, which provides accommodation and support services to young homeless people across Birmingham, Solihull and North Worcestershire. Anne Morton, its spokesperson, said: “The funds St Basil’s has received over the years from the StreetSmart initiative have helped our young people so much, particularly in allowing them to continue or re-engage with formal education, helping them to build an independent future for themselves”.