Edinburgh diners help Salvation Army tackle homelessness

published on 10 Feb 2015

Lesley Ross of Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe talks about their fundraising campaign for The Salvation Army

Diners at an Edinburgh restaurant are raising money to help The Salvation Army tackle homelessness in the capital. 

The Hard Rock Cafe on George Street is supporting the church and charity's Pleasance Lifehouse (centre for homeless people) by selling wristbands as part of its Take Time To Be Kind campaign. The £1 wristbands are on sale until next month, with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army. 

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh [www.hardrock.com]

Lesley Ross, sales and Marketing manager at Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe, said: "We're delighted to continue supporting the homelessness work of The Salvation Army here in Edinburgh. "Our relationship with the church and charity goes back a few years, with our staff donating a lot of their time to help out at the Pleasance Lifehouse. As a result, the perception of homelessness among my colleagues and I has changed greatly. We have come to realise that homelessness is not just about people living on the street but also about vulnerable people who have fallen on hard times and who need a bit of extra support. 

"We are delighted to be supporting The Salvation Army as it celebrates its landmark 150th year. We have 2000 wristbands to sell in January and February, and we’ll order more if the demand is high." 

Iain Wilson, service manager at the Pleasance Lifehouse said: "We are honoured that the Hard Rock Cafe has decided to support our work in this way. The money raised will help enable us to continue offering compassionate support, a listening ear and practical help to many homeless men and women in the city. 

“Like all Salvation Army lifehouses around the UK, the Pleasance Lifehouse offers people more than just a bed for the night. It provides a safe space for people to take control of their lives and make positive choices. 

"I’d like to thank the staff at the Hard Rock Cafe for all their help over the past few years, and hopefully we can count on their help for many more years to come."