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Painter makes suppers a fine art for Sheffield campaign

Jim Connolly with his painting, set to be given away as a prize to a top fundraiser in The Star's Great Pie and Peas Up campaign.

Jim Connolly with his painting, set to be given away as a prize to a top fundraiser in The Star's Great Pie and Peas Up campaign.

PIE, peas and Henderson’s Relish are regular staples of Sheffield supper tables – and now a city-born artist has paid tribute to all three in his latest work.

Jim Connolly has created a unique painting for The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign in aid of St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow.

And the £2,500 one-off work, featuring some of his most popular cartoon characters, will be given as a special prize to the fundraiser who collects the most cash for the appeal.

Jim said he was ‘delighted’ to help the hospice in its efforts to raise money for a £5million new inpatient unit.

He said: “I grew up in Sheffield and was a member of the St Wilfrid’s Scout group.

“Our leader Jock McCann was always encouraging us to help out at St Luke’s events, so I got to know the hospice very well and I was delighted to be able to help again, all these years later, when they asked me to create a piece of art for them.”

The new piece captures several of Jim’s familiar characters, including Hendo-Girl, Man of Steel City and even Jim’s pet dog Betty, enjoying their own pie-and-pea supper in the artist’s signature cartoon strip style.

He said: “It’s really good to be asked to take part. I felt that if Jock was still around he’d have been egging me on!”

Suppers will be happening across Sheffield from Friday, with the number of registrations now hitting 135 – but there is still time to sign up.

Meals can be hosted in homes, pubs, restaurants, workplaces and community centres anytime in March, with guests giving donations in return. A £10 minimum donation is suggested.

People can bake their own pies or simply buy them in, and everyone who registers receives a special pack with invitations, a poster and place mats.

Other activities can also be added to events to raise extra funds, such as auctions or raffles, or making a dessert or starter to boost the menu.

The Star has pledged to raise £100,000 to fund one of 14 single rooms.

n Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup to sign up.

 

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