They’re Sheffield’s pie and peas champions – and to reward their achievement they’ve been handed a special artistic prize.
The Royal Hotel in Dungworth was among the hundreds of pubs, restaurants, businesses and households across Sheffield that took part in The Star’s first Great Pie and Peas Up campaign in aid of St Luke’s Hospice in March.
In the event people served up pie and pea suppers and donated the proceeds to the charity, collecting around £33,000 in total.
Staff and regulars at The Royal Hotel had the most successful evening of all, raising £1,406 for the hospice’s appeal to build a new £5 million inpatient unit.
And, in recognition, the pub has now received a one-off print created by local artist Jim Connolly to commemorate the campaign.
The unique work, worth £2,500, features some of Jim’s favourite characters - including Hendo-Girl, Man of Steel City and even Jim’s pet dog Betty – enjoying their own Pie and Peas Up in cartoon-strip style.
Jim handed over the work when Royal Hotel licensees David and Linda Lambert, along with son and daughter-in-law David and Joanne Jubb, visited the hospice to receive their prize.
Ceri James, St Luke’s capital appeal development manager, said: “Everybody who held a Pie and Peas Up event made a real difference to our appeal, but David and Linda went even further, with a raffle and auction bringing the final total to an outstanding £1,406.
“We’d like to say a big thank you, not only to them but also to all their customers, without whom they couldn’t have achieved the fantastic sum of money they raised.”
The Great Pie and Peas Up is set to return next year, as part of The Star’s pledge to raise £100,000 for a single room in the new inpatient unit.
Other prizes for top fundraisers included a special gift from Thornbridge Brewery.
Thousands tucked in to hearty suppers
Almost 5,000 people got involved in The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign earlier this year.
Nearly 200 people registered to hold their own events in all manner of different venues.
The appeal also won the backing of Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, who dropped in to St Luke’s Hospice, in Whirlow, to enjoy a meal with patients, staff and guests.