What is St Luke's Hospice?

St Luke's is a hospice which cares for people aged 18 and above throughout Sheffield who have incurable illnesses. Their aim is always to control the patients symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. It costs £6 million per annum to keep St Luke's open, and government funding, via NHS trusts only provides one third of the funds required, which means the Hospice has to raise a staggering £4 million each year to provide this vital end-of-life care.

This challenge was set up by a St Luke's Supporter who has seen first hand, the amazing care given to patients through St Luke's and whilst donations are now closed we would like to thank all our donators for their wonderful contributions.

Thursday, 12 May 2011


If you're looking for May's Challenge Post - please scroll down to the next post.

I just wanted to do a quick post to update you all on how the challenge is going - I've added a little graph on the left sidebar to show a running total of the cards we've received at the Hospice - 6 weeks in and we're at 182 already so I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has kindly supported us so far, whether it's with one card, or a box full, every card counts.  We've got our first craft fair at the end of this month, so I'll start a running total of funds raised once we start to sell your generous donations.  I thought you might like to see a few photos so you can be assured that your stuff is being received by the charity and not disappearing into a black hole....

I hope now you've found us, you'll stick with us and continue to support us and help our little challenge grow.....

Thanks again - your support means a lot to me and the charity.
Tara (aka Craftilicious) x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

May's Challenge - Pick a Pattern

Thank you to all you lovely people who supported our first challenge - both online, and by sending your fabulous cards to the hospice - we were so impressed with all we were sent an hope your generosity continues as the challenge grows - do tell all your friends and get them to come along - we're aiming for 50 online challenge players this month...

Our top 4 from last months challenge in order of entry were:
  •   No 12 - Ikki
  •   No 17 - Vicky
  •   No 19 - Aquarius
  •   No 24 - Maureen
Congratulations ladies - I'll be sending  you your St Luke's Lovelies winners badge to display on your blogs shortly :-)

So - I bet you all want to know what supplies you need to dig out of your cupboards this month?  Well, we want to see pattern - dots, stripes, zig-zags, paisley, check, argyle - whatever pattern you can imagine - we want to see as much pattern as possible.  To give you some ideas and inspiration, the design team have come up with some stunning creations - pop on over to their individual blogs for more details and don't forget to leave a comment so we know you've visited:

Don't forget - the aim of this blog is to raise money for charity by collecting the challenge entries in real life for the charity to sell, so if you can spare your card once made, please send it (in an additional envelope) to the following address:

Charity Card Challenge
St Luke's Hospice
Little Common Lane
S11 9NE

I know the Royal mail recently put the prices up, but if you can spare 36p per month to send just one card per challenge, then we really, really can do so much with it - we even sell the used stamp :-)   If you live in SHEFFIELD, you can also take your cards to ANY OF THE ST LUKE'S SHOPS around the city and they will bring them to the hospice for us during their normal deliveries.

So get out your stamps, your papers, or if all else fails a plain old pen - its easy to scribble a pattern ;-) and get your patterns flowing.  Click the little button below and upload your entry.

Thanks for your support - Craftilicious and the St Luke's Design Team  x x x