WE’VE hit 100 – and counting! One hundred pie and pea suppers are now set to take place across Sheffield next month as part of The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.
Community groups, sports teams, keen cooks, pubs, hotels and businesses have all signed up to serve hearty fundraising meals – but even more are needed to make the event a success.
One of the suppers will be happening at Handsworth Junior Sports Club, where members have pledged to hold an event at one of their first team games in March.
Volunteer John Ward said the club was ‘trying to give something back’.
“That’s what we should be doing as a commwunity club, helping the less fortunate and helping good causes,” he said.
“We’ve got a kitchen at the club house, and we’re waiting for the first team fixtures to come out, so we can make a particular game the pie and peas match.” John added: “I think St Luke’s does an invaluable job, it’s fantastic. They shouldn’t really have to do all this fundraising, but it gets people together and raises awareness.”
Meanwhile The Fat Cat Pub, in Kelham Island, is hosting a pie and peas supper, along with the Tea Junction Cafe in Arbourthorne, Hinde House School in Shiregreen and the Banner Cross Hotel.
Steve Hunter, a worker at council maintenance firm Kier, is holding a week-long event in mid-March. He is going to sell pies in the shop and the staff canteen – and hopes to raise thousands as there are around 800 staff. A raffle will also be held to win a week’s free lunches.
Call centre firm Voice Marketing is involved, as is Killamarsh Junior Athletics Club, Norton Lees scouts, members of the Gleadless United Reformed Church and the G Casino on Queen’s Road. All dietary requirements are catered for, too – Mandy Drewery, at the Angel Inn in Holmesfield, is holding a gluten-free event on Monday, March 4. Dozens of city residents have also registered to serve up pies and peas at home. The campaign is to fund a new £5m inpatient unit at the Whirlow hospice – and The Star has pledged to raise £100,000 to fund one of 14 single rooms.
Readers are asked to host pie and pea suppers in March, asking guests for donations. Everyone who registers receives a pack with invitations, a poster and place mats.
Specially-branded bottles of Henderson’s Relish are on sale in shops across Sheffield, with 5p from every sale going to the appeal, while company JAS Design has produced a coaster matching the bottles. The coasters are available from the Famous Sheffield Shop on Ecclesall Road priced £3.50, with £1 to St Luke’s.
n Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup to register.