Join the fun as pie appeal cooks up charity success

Ellen Beardmore and Richard Blackledge tuck into the Charity Pie
Ellen Beardmore and Richard Blackledge tuck into the Charity Pie
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Everyone’s getting involved in the Great Pie and Peas Up... but there’s still room for many more events!

Residents, schools, community groups, restaurants and pubs across Sheffield are gearing up to serve hearty meals in aid of St Luke’s Hospice – and The Star has already done its bit, raising funds with a lunch for editorial staff at its offices on York Street.

The Star has pledged to donate £100,000 for a single room at St Luke’s new £5 million inpatient unit, and all proceeds from the Great Pie and Peas Up go towards the appeal.

So far the total stands at more than £51,600, meaning there are still tens of thousands to be collected.

All readers have to do is serve up their pies at any time this month, in return for a suggested minimum of donation of £10.

Everyone who registers receives a pack containing place mats, balloons, invitations and recipe cards, to ensure meals are a resounding success.

The Star’s pie – a meat and potato creation topped with suet pastry – was cooked by city centre cafe Eten. Staff raised more than £150.

Thornbridge Brewery provided the drinks and Henderson’s Relish provided bottles for everyone who donated. Baker Jane Miles even whipped up delicious cupcakes, topped appropriately with star decorations.

Next Friday Napoleon’s Casino on Ecclesall Road is holding a pie night, and the Sheffield Park hotel at Meadowhead has been raising funds too.

Women’s Institute member Kirsty Bowen was one of the first people to sign up for the 2014 campaign, after organising a supper last year.

The 26-year-old, who works for Sheffield University’s students’ union as a marketing and communications officer, said she was looking forward to trying ‘exciting new recipes’.

“I did one last year and it was such great fun I decided I’d do it again,” said Kirsty, from Greystones. “There were around eight of us who took part at my house and I made a selection of pies, meat and vegetarian.”

Champion fundraisers will receive special certificates designed by Sheffield artist Jim Connolly.

Una Moran, fundraising manager at the hospice in Whirlow, said: “This is a marvellous way of having fun and supporting an important cause all at the same time, and it is a fantastic and sociable way of getting together with friends.”

n Call 0114 2357600 or visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup to register.