He is back on the airwaves from today - and to celebrate Radio Sheffield host Toby Foster is backing the Great Pie and Peas Up.
The BBC presenter tucked into a delicious homemade pie with lashings of Henderson’s Relish as he pledged his support for The Star’s campaign in aid of Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice.
Toby was suspended from his broadcasting duties before Christmas following an outburst on Twitter – but he offered a full apology to his listeners and colleagues and was due back behind the microphone at 7am today.
Before his reinstatement, fans set up an online campaign calling for his return.
The Great Pie and Peas Up is being held for the second year running to fund a new inpatient unit at the hospice in Whirlow – and we have set a target of collecting £100,000 to pay for one of 14 single rooms.
Patients have already moved into the unit, but hundreds of thousands of pounds are still needed for the £5 million transformation.
Last year, Star readers’ pie and pea suppers collected about £40,000 – and this year organisers want to beat that total.
Meals can be hosted in homes, workplaces or community centres – and once fundraisers have registered they will be sent a pack with invitations, a poster and ‘quiz question’ place mats.
Suppers can be held any time in March – designated as Great Pie and Peas Up month.
Una Moran, the hospice’s fundraising manager, 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 To register visit St Lukes Hospice Pie and Peas Up or call 0114 235 7600.