The Star Favourite Things: Why Sheffield is the ‘best of both worlds’

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Hannah Peck, the founder of charity Baby Basics, writes about Sheffield’s strengths.

How long have you lived in Sheffield and whereabouts?

Hannah Peck

Hannah Peck

I came to Sheffield in 1999 for university and have been here ever since, I’ve stuck to my student roots and still live in the Hunters Bar area.


I’m married to Steve and we have two sons.

What do you do for a living?

I run Baby Basics UK – a project based at The King’s Centre providing clothing, equipment and toiletries free of charge to vulnerable families in Sheffield via some of the amazing healthcare workers in the city.

My main role within the organisation is to help other towns and cities establish a Baby Basics centres to serve their local communities. We are really proud to have pioneered Baby Basics in Sheffield and are very thankful for all the support we have been given by the generous people of Sheffield. There are now 25 Baby Basics centres across the UK - see for details.

What do you like most of all about living in Sheffield?

I love the friends I’ve made here over the years – they are really what makes Sheffield my home.

I also very much enjoy the close proximity to the Peak District – Sheffield really is the best of both worlds.

I started running a couple of years ago, and feel really fortunate to live in a place where running in the Peak District and enjoying the incredible views and varied routes can be an everyday occurrence.

I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Ladybower Marathon in June – it’s my first marathon so I’m nervous, but the route is absolutely beautiful so hopefully the views will be a distraction from our tired legs!

Do you have a favourite place or hidden gem in the city?

I regularly run through the Porter Valley and into the Peaks, it’s a beautiful part of Sheffield thanks in no small part to the hard work of the Friends of the Porter Valley.

What is your favourite pub or place to eat in Sheffield - and why?

Homemade in Nether Edge is great for lunch. It’s a really friendly place and as the name suggests it’s proper homemade food – delicious and good for you! And the most amazing cake… what’s not to like?

If you could improve one thing about the city, what would it be - and why?

Sheffield is a wonderfully diverse city and I’m proud to say that it has a great reputation for the welcome it gives to those in need. Sheffield was the first ‘City of Sanctuary’ and plays host to some amazing projects such as ASSIST, working with people seeking asylum, and The Snowdrop Project, working with survivors of human trafficking.

I’d love to see this continue and be strengthened by more people supporting the brilliant projects already in existence as well as offering a personal welcome to people new to our lovely city.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a member of the Women’s Institute on Ecclesall Road, it’s a fabulous group and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know women of different ages and backgrounds.

Each month we start by singing Jerusalem, we then hear from a visiting speaker and end with tea and cake – Catherine Hallows, our president, and the committee have worked hard to incorporate the traditions of the WI with speakers and activities that make it relevant to modern life.