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.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Happy Anniversary to us!

It's our anniversary this month - this little fundraising blog has been going for a whole year and I can't quite believe it!  You've all been wonderfully generous in this last 12 months and we're growing and gaining lots of lovely blog buddies along the way - thank you all!

So, what better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a bit of bling?  So this month we want you to bring out your inner magpie and some sparkle to your creation with gems, glitter, beads or anything shiny :-)   A nice and easy challenge to encourage you all to play along this month - we'd love to celebrate our 1st anniversary by reaching 100 entries.

We have a bumper prize package this month in celebration of our anniversary worth in excess of £50.

It was a little hard to photograph to show it all clearly, so in case you can't make it out, here's a list of everything that is included in the bumper prize package:

A rainbow pack of felt sheets
A ribbon girl kit (yellow)
2 packs of antique gold effect embossed stickers
2 packs of assorted flowers
2 sheets of unmounted fairy and flower rubber stamps
a set of Papermania Christmas cling stamps
a Ladybug Crafts Ink Magnum cling stamp
4 packs of seed beads
a bunch of gold pearl sprays
a bunch of iridescent flower sprays
a bunch of gold leaf sprays
and a perfect Bow Maker MkII

If you need a little inspiration to get your mojo working, then just check out the wonderful creations from our super talented design team:

So now it's over to you - we're looking forward to seeing all the sparkle :-)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

March Winners

Good morning and Happy Easter to all our lovely followers - hope you are enjoying a fabulous day [and lots of chocolate ;-)  ]

It's been a real challenge picking our winner for last month's spring challenge - we have a record number of entries and they were all just gorgeous - spring certainly seemed to be a popular challenge with you all.  After much deliberation our overall winner is Jakki  with her beautiful soft pink and green card.  The layers are just gorgeous and the sentiment is certainly all about spring!   Jakki wins the magazine and Waltzingmouse stamp set.

For a record number of entries, we also have a record number of runners up who all get our St Luke's Lovelies badge:

All your cards were very different but all made us think of spring so thanks for sharing them with us.  Hope you'll all be back to have a go in our blingy anniversary challenge too.