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Bath restaurants join scheme to help homeless

Bath restaurants and hotels including the Mint Room, The Art Bar, Dukes Hotel, The Pump Room, The Scallop Shell, Eight in Bath and Castle Farm, Midford have signed up to participate in the innovative StreetSmart initiative this winter to support homeless charity Julian House.

The national scheme has raised over £9.5 million for homeless charities since it launched 20 years ago.

The idea of the scheme is simple. During November and December, valuable funds will be raised for Julian House courtesy of a voluntary £1 donation added when diners request their bill, or stay, at participating restaurants or hotels. All StreetSmart’s running and operational costs are generously paid for by its sponsors, meaning every penny in every £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it. The scheme is endorsed by some of the country’s restauranteurs including Marcus Waring and Angela Hartnett, as well as Stephen Fry.

Funding Manager Cathy Adcock, with Moe and team from The Mint Rooms.

Moe Rahman, Managing Director of Mint Room in Bath & Clifton explains why they have been involved with StreetSmart for several years “While the period between now and Christmas will see huge numbers of diners heading out for meals, it will also see the temperatures drop to life threatening levels for rough sleepers. StreetSmart is a great initiative to come together and ask customers to add just £1 to their bill during the party season seems the least we can do. It’s a simple and easy initiative to operate and there is no pressure if diners do not want to donate”  

Castle Farm Midford is taking part in the scheme.

Julian House Fundraising Manager Cathy Adcock explains how the scheme works for diners, as well as benefiting Julian House. “I get asked a lot by members of the public about how they can help someone sleeping on the streets, without giving out cash directly. The StreetSmart scheme gives the public the choice of donating as little as £1 knowing that their donation will go to a local charity who is supporting homeless men and women right on their doorstop. The cumulative benefit of the StreetSmart Scheme could be huge, allowing Julian House to provide not just accommodation, but much needed support to some of the most marginalised members of society. Our thanks got to all the restaurants and hotels you have got behind this valuable scheme”

If your business would like to join, there is still time. Find out more by emailing jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk or calling 07939 055432

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Mint Rooms – @TheMintRoom

Art Bar at The Abbey Hotel – @artbarbath  

Dukes Hotel – @DukesBath

Castle Farm Midford – @castlefarmmidford

The Scallop Shell – @scallopshell

The Pump Rooms – @SearcysBath

Eight in Bath  – @eightinbath