RESTAURANTS throughout Cornwall are preparing to back an annual campaign to raise funds for three local charities.
The national StreetSmart initiative raises money for the homeless via a voluntary £1 donation added to restaurant bills during November and December.
All the money raised in Cornwall stays within the county, as administration costs are paid by sponsor Deutsche Bank.
The charity recipients are St Petroc's Society, the Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust and foodbanks throughout the county.
Co-ordinator Lucy Cornes said: "Starting on November 1, participating restaurants ask diners' permission to add £1 for the table to its bill. Although the customers can decline to donate, most happily offer £1 and sometimes more.
"Staff talk to customers about StreetSmart and the charities."
Restaurants already signed up this year include Bustophers Bar Bistro in Truro, the Old Quay Inn in Devoran, the Cornish Arms in Padstow, Archie Browns in Truro and Penzance, Trevaskis Farm in Hayle, Nathan Outlaw's Restaurant in Rock, Outlaw's Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, the Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives, Alba in St Ives, the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, the Victoria Inn in Penzance, Trennick Mill in Truro, the Square in Porthleven, the Blue Plate in Looe, Mustard and Rye in Truro, Treloyhan Manor in St Ives, the Halsetown Inn in St Ives and the Harbour Kitchen Supply Store in Port Isaac.
Helen Mulhern, of Eventy – Marketing and PR, also helps co-ordinates StreetSmart in Cornwall, and said: "We've been running StreetSmart in Cornwall for several years and are delighted that so many restaurants want to take part for 2013.
"We hope that even more will come forward. Raising awareness for the charities involved and supporting the restaurants is key to making this year even more successful in providing vital funds to helping the homeless in Cornwall."
StreetSmart raised £805,000 across the UK last year.
For more information contact Lucy on email@example.com or visit www.streetsmart.org.uk
FOODBANK branches throughout the county deliver food to local people in crisis from drop-in centres where visitors can talk about their problems over a hot drink and have access to information that may help them. They can also collect nutritionally balanced food to feed themselves and their family.
St Petroc's Society offers housing and support for homeless single people, providing much-needed breathing space to some of the most vulnerable in Cornwall. Its cold-weather provision offers a place for the homeless to sleep and rest whenever the temperature drops below zero.
The Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust provides a safe, supportive environment for women and children who have escaped domestic violence. Previously StreetSmart funds have been used to refurbish bedrooms, keep support groups running, provide sessions on healthy eating, first aid, building self-esteem and other important life skills.