SOME of west Penwith’s finest eateries are taking part in a charity campaign to help the needy in the festive season.
StreetSmart is a national scheme aiming to raise money in November and December each year via a voluntary £1 donation added to restaurant bills.
According to the organisation, all money raised in Cornwall stays within the county and every pound donated goes solely to the three local groups - St Petroc’s Society, the Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust and the Foodbank.
One of the restaurants taking part is the Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, near Marazion.
Owner Anna Eddy said it is more important than ever to be support vulnerable people.
“There is an awful lot of poverty around,” she said. “It can happen to any one of us - as we come into winter it’s something in everyone’s minds.
“Anything we can do to help we do - this is really important, particularly this year and in west Cornwall.
“We do a similar scheme for the Fishermen’s Mission, which raises around £50 a week. If we could get the same - or a little more over the two months - then we’d be really happy with that. If we could get about £500 it would be great, and it makes you think how little it takes to make a difference.”
Porthminster Cafe in St Ives is also involved. Rebecca Symons, a waitress, said she hopes it is a successful campaign.
“In December we are very busy in the run up to Christmas so hopefully we manage to raise a good amount,” she said.
“I think it will be a good thing - I don’t think people will mind donating £1.”
Other establishments said to be taking part so far are Trevaskis Farm in Hayle, the Newlyn’s Tolcarne Inn, Archie Browns as well as both Alba and the Halsetown Inn, St Ives.