LET the pie and pea suppers begin!
The first events in The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign in aid of St Luke’s Hospice are taking place today – and Sheffield folk are being asked to keep the donations coming in.
The hospice still needs to raise almost half the money necessary to build a £5 million new inpatient unit, which will provide patients with 14 en-suite rooms as well as other improved facilities.
Throughout March, around 150 pie and pea suppers will be happening in homes, businesses, community halls, pubs and restaurants across the city, all helping the hospice appeal.
And there’s still time to sign up, either by filling in the form on this page, or visiting the St Luke’s website.
Everyone who registers will receive a pack containing quiz question placemats, posters, and all the materials needed for a successful supper.
Specially-branded bottles of Henderson’s Relish are also on sale at scores of Sheffield shops, perfect for adding a dash of flavour to any pie.
People can bake their own pies or simply buy them in, and a £10 minimum donation per portion is suggested.
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.
Judith Park, deputy chief executive at St Luke’s, said the new unit will mean patients’ time at the hospice is more dignified.
“The care patients receive at St Luke’s is exemplary,” she said.
“We have over 500 volunteers supporting 170 members of staff, but we could not carry out brilliant care for patients without the money we receive from the people of Sheffield.
“We have so far raised £2.8million towards the unit so we still have some way to go before reaching our target of £5million.”
Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission raised concerns about the continued suitability of the existing hospice buildings in its latest inspection, calling them ‘tired’ and ‘aged’.
Una Moran, Director of Fundraising and Communication at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “We realise this is a difficult time economically for everyone, but we are asking for people across the city to be even more generous with their donations.
“St Luke’s Hospice is a charity and would not exist without the generosity of the general public and businesses.”
Prizes are on offer for the top Pie and Peas Up fundraisers, including a painting worth £2,500 by Sheffield artist Jim Connolly and a special Thornbridge Brewery gift.
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