UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 23 January 2018 13:30

A West Yorkshire-based homelessness charity will be awarding a local street food trader with a commemorative plaque for her contributions to the charity over the Christmas period.

Simon on the Streets will present the plaque to Manjit Kaur who runs Manjit’s Kitchen, a local street food stall in Leeds city centre, on Thursday 25 January at the charity’s base in Leeds.

Manjit raised £5,889 over the Christmas period through a raffle that she ran. She was inspired to do this following a racist attack by a rough sleeper who threw the boiling liquid over her while shouting xenophobic abuse.

Simon on the Streets is a registered charity operating in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Founded in 1999, the organisation relies solely on sponsorship, fundraising and donations in order to provide practical and emotional support to the homeless community.

Simon on the Streets offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.

Commenting on the award, general manager Gordon Laing commented that:

“We’re delighted to be awarding the plaque to Manjit who has been instrumental in raising a lot of money that Simon on the Streets will use to help rough sleepers across Yorkshire. Manjit should be admired for what she has done for charity and we look forward to presenting her with the plaque as a show of our appreciation“

Manjit Kaur, owner of Manjit’s Kitchen commented:

“I’m humbled to be awarded the plaque commemorating the fundraising raffle that I ran over Christmas. I was determined to turn what was a horrible experience into something positive and I’m really pleased that we have been able to raise so much money that will be used to benefit the rough sleepers of the region”

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The plaque will be presented to Manjit at Simon on the Streets offices, 94 Armley Road, Leeds LS12 2EJ. The presentation will take place at 12.00pm on Thursday the 25th of January. Journalists and photographers are invited to attend the presentation. Please contact Tom@maccomms.net to confirm your place.

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About Simon on the Streets

Simon On the Streets is a registered charity (1165317) that focuses on unsupported people with a history of rough sleeping in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.

The team offers street-based, emotional and practical support for those who cannot access mainstream services. Part of Simon on the Streets’ role is tackling the behavioral issues and mental illnesses that result in homelessness and addiction.

For more information about the charity, visit www.simononthestreets.co.uk or tweet @simonotstreets.