Published 10 May 2022
by Henry Southan
On Monday 9 May, StreetSmart’s biggest supporters gathered over a glass or two of bubbles at Sessions Arts Club to mark the results of its 2021 campaign.
The charity, which has supported homeless people across the UK for over two decades, last year achieved a staggering fundraising total of £696,000. This work is more vital than ever with statistics showing an increase in homelessness and 122,000 young people approaching their local council in the last year for housing support.
In attendance and showing their support for the cause were the Evening Standard’s Jimi Famurewa, Brutto’s Russell Norman, and Lisboeta’s Darren McHugh.
Special mentions were given to Soho House Group, which raised £69,000 from £1 per table donations, and MEATliquor, which raised more than £28,000 to help provide food, shelter and accommodation to homeless people in the areas where they operate.
Food writer and StreetSmart ambassador Fay Maschler, who received a richly-deserved special award for 20 years of support, said, ‘I am so happy to be reviewing restaurants again, so thrilled for those that have come through the pandemic and cheered by new endeavours coming to fruition.
‘My connection with StreetSmart goes back to its inception – as impressed then by its fluent simplicity as I am now.’