Get ready for the Great Pie and Peas Up!
The Star has teamed up with St Luke’s Hospice for the second year running to hold a campaign urging Sheffielders to get behind the fundraising drive to build a new inpatient unit.
We have pledged to raise £100,000 to fund one of 14 new single rooms at the hospice and, to help us reach the target, we need readers to get involved by hosting their own pie and pea suppers.
The Star is more than halfway towards its target, while 2013’s events collected almost £40,000 - and this year the charity wants to beat that total.
Patients have already moved into the unit, but hundreds of thousands of pounds are still needed to pay for the £5 million transformation.
To launch the appeal, previous star fundraisers - including players from Handsworth Boys FC, which held supper for 100, and staff at The Royal Hotel in Dungworth - tucked into a huge pie at the hospice in Whirlow.
Readers’ own meals can be hosted in homes, workplaces or community centres, and all proceeds go to St Luke’s, one of Sheffield’s best-loved charities.
Once fundraisers have registered they will be sent a pack with invitations, a poster and ‘quiz question’ place mats, providing everything required for a fun and successful meal.
Suppers can be held any time in March - designated as Great Pie and Peas Up month - and The Star will be providing suggestions and sharing stories in the run-up to the event.
The hospice’s fundraising manager Una Moran said: “We’re really excited to be launching a second year of the Great Pie and Peas Up. Last year’s great selection of events across the whole city proved this is a marvellous way of having fun and supporting an important cause all at the same time, and it’s a fantastic sociable way of getting together with friends.
“Last year we raised around £40,000 and we now look forward to raising even more so we can continue to provide support for all the people of Sheffield who need us today.”
People can bake their own pies, or simply buy them in from a supplier of their choice.
Foodies will be able to recreate recipes dreamed up by some of the city’s top chefs including Tessa Bramley, from the Michelin-starred Old Vicarage at Ridgeway, Charlie Curran of Peppercorn in Dore and St Luke’s very own Nick Wilkes.
Sauce firm Henderson’s Relish has once again agreed to produce a special Pie and Peas Up bottle, which proved extremely popular last year.
All hosts need to do is serve their pies and peas, then ask guests to make a donation in return.
A minimum of £10 per person is suggested - as a guide, £50 could buy specialist pillows to make a patient more comfortable, £100 pays for a telephone and £200 would cover the cost of an over-bed table.
Other activities can be added to events to collect extra money, such as auctions, raffles or competitions.
Champion fundraisers will receive a specially-commissioned certificate by Sheffield artist Jim Connolly.
n To register visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup or call 0114 235 7600.