THE Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign has been a runaway success - and now fundraisers are being urged to send in their donations as soon as possible to ensure vital work on Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice can continue without delay.
Pie and pea suppers have been taking place for the past month across the city in aid of a new £5 million inpatient unit at the hospice, in Whirlow.
The final total raised is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
Community groups, schools and businesses have all got into the fundraising spirit, while readers of The Star tucked into hearty meals in their own homes with friends and family as they collected charity cash.
Una Moran, director of fundraising at the hospice, said nearly 200 people had registered to take part.
“It really has been an incredible success,” she said.
“We are delighted so many people supported us throughout the month, and we do know that some events which were affected by the snow will now be going ahead in April, so there’s still time to tuck in, have a great night, and support St Luke’s.
“All the money raised by the Great Pie and Peas Up will be going directly towards The Star’s campaign to fund a bedroom in our new inpatient unit.
“It will be a fully equipped, self-contained room that will be used by so many Sheffield people and their loved ones in the years to come, forming a vital part of the excellent service the people of Sheffield know they will receive from their hospice.”
She told fundraisers: “That’s why, having held your event, you should now get your money in to us as soon as possible please, because our campaign, and the building work itself, is now at the important halfway stage.”
Una added: “In a project that is costing us £5m to complete, every penny really does count and we thank everybody who has either organised or attended an event for their support, because you really are making a difference to the lives of all our patients and their families.”
Some of this year’s events included a lunch at Parkwood Academy in Shirecliffe, which raised more than £400 for the appeal. The meal attracted 70 guests, including Master Cutler Neil MacDonald, and food was served up by academy students themselves. Entertainment was provided by the school choir, and an Easter bonnet competition and raffle were held.
President Engineering Group in Burngreave will be making a £200 donation after asking staff to bake their own savoury treats, with meat and potato, steak, and pork pies all on the menu.
Gleadless Methodist Church’s young people’s group held a pie and peas lunch, while Rafter’s restaurant in Ranmoor organised its own charity soiree, offering pies of the gourmet variety.
n Send cheques to St Luke’s Capital Appeal, St Luke’s Hospice, Little Common Lane, Sheffield, S11 9NE or visit log on to www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/support_us/Donate_online to make an online donation.
n Don’t miss The Star’s special Great Pie and Peas Up special supplement on Monday, for eight pages of your pie and peas up pictures.