Tuck in to raise funds for Sheffield’s St Luke’s hospice

Actor Richard Wilson launched the Great Pie and Peas Up campaign, in aid of St Luke's Hospice.
Actor Richard Wilson launched the Great Pie and Peas Up campaign, in aid of St Luke's Hospice.
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PIE don’t believe it!

One Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson helped The Star to launch a new campaign for St Luke’s Hospice today - the Great Pie and Peas Up.

Together with St Luke’s, The Star is urging Sheffielders to get behind a new fundraising drive to raise money for building work at the site in Whirlow.

The Star has pledged to raise up to £100,000 to fund one of 14 new single rooms at the hospice, which is undergoing a £5 million transformation.

And, to help us reach the target, we need readers to get involved in the campaign by hosting their own pie and pea suppers.

The appeal has already been backed by One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson, associate director at Sheffield Theatres and star of BBC drama Merlin.

Richard, famous for his ‘I don’t believe it’ catchphrase, tucked into a delicious handmade pie at The Crucible theatre.

Readers’ own suppers can be hosted in homes, workplaces or community centres, and all proceeds go to St Luke’s, one of the city’s best-loved charities.

Once fundraisers have registered, they will be sent a pack with invitations, a poster, and ‘quiz question’ place mats, providing everything needed for a fun and successful meal.

Suppers can be held any time in March - designated as the St Luke’s Great Pie and Peas Up month - and The Star will be providing suggestions and tips in the run-up to the event.

Pies can be fancy, haute-cuisine creations or a hearty and filling traditional blend of meat and potatoes. People can bake their own, or simply buy them in from a supplier of their choice.

But aspiring chefs will be able to recreate recipes dreamed up by some of the city’s top restaurateurs, including Marcus Lane of Rafters in Nether Green, and Richard Smith, whose Sheffield food empire includes Artisan in Crosspool and Graze Inn on Ecclesall Road.

Of course, no pie is complete without a liberal dash of Henderson’s Relish - so the sauce firm has agreed to produce a special Pie and Peas Up bottle, perfect for supper tables.

Free bottles are up for grabs for the first 50 people who register to take part.

Fundraisers then serve their pies and peas, and ask guests to make a donation for the meal in return.

A minimum of £10 per person is suggested - as a guide, £20 could buy a picture to brighten a patient’s room, £50 could buy specialist pillows to increase comfort, and £200 could pay for a patient’s telephone, so they can stay in touch with family and friends during their stay.

Other activities can be added to events to raise extra funds, such as auctions or raffles, or making a dessert or starter to boost the menu, or even holding a ‘guess the weight of the pie’ or ‘guess the number of peas’ competition.

The champion fundraisers are also in line to win a number of top prizes. First prize is an original painting by Sheffield artist Jim Connolly, second prize is an iPod Touch, and third prize is a special gift from Thornbridge Brewery.

Let the Great Pie and Peas Up commence!

* Do you have a plan for an outlandish supper? Email richard.blackledge@thestar.co.uk with your ideas.

* You can register online at www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/pieandpeasup