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.

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


  1. Oooo... I am so excited! This one is going to really make me think out of the box! :) xoxoxoxo

  2. I had a really busy month last month but have not forgotten your challenge and will definitely be able to join in this time.
    Shame about the free postage - may looking into calling in person as I live reasonably nearby.
    Ann xxx

  3. Hi All
    great cards from the team...hope my card is suitable ....i will be a regular now
    sylvie xx

  4. Sorry to be such a slow coach but I am so pleased that my card made the top 4 last month!!! Thankyou. Lovely to see another great challenge this month - I'm going to go away and have a think... Vx

  5. A good theme for this month and great DT cards for inspiration. I was flattered and surprised to be amongst the top four in the first challenge - thanks. My spotty, stripey card has been posted.

  6. Congratulations to our top 4 - you all made such lovely cards!

  7. Apologies to anyone who tried to post a card tonight - my settings were wrong and the link closed after a week not a month but I have fixed it now so hope you'll try again if you found it closed.
    Thanks and sorry.
    Craftilicious x

  8. Brilliant - and am glad that Freepost won't eat into any of the Hospice's much needed funds. My first play and I'll be supporting you all the way! Di x

  9. So thrilled to be in the top four last month - thank you!!

  10. Hi St Luke's Lovelies, thank you so much for your award which I have proudly placed on my blog. You will be receiving my cards this week, thanks again and good luck with this month's challenge. Great cards from the DT for our inspiration. ikki x