What is The Master Cutler’s Challenge?

In 2008, Master Cutler Gordon Bridge invited the businesses of the city region to transform a £50 investment into as much fundraising as they could for two local charities.

Businesses could use whatever means they wanted to do that, within legal limits of course. But beyond the law and standard good manners, there was nothing to stop them turning the streets of Sheffield into a giant monopoly game, waxing legs, hitch hiking, or riding a bike for 32 hours. Which is what they did. The charities then were St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice, just as they are this year.

Our charities have been proud and grateful to be have been supported by the Master Cutler’s Challenge in 2008 and 2016 and since we were last benefactors both our organisations have extended our services and support significantly. We are both increasing capacity and supporting many more patients and their families, pioneering new approaches to palliative care and developing new services and ways to support patients and their families.


A message from the Master Cutler

When I was installed as Master Cutler for 2018/19, one of the things I most looked forward to was embarking on the Master Cutler’s Challenge… and taking you on that very special journey with me!

This is the 12th year of the Challenge and I am delighted to say that I have chosen two outstanding charities to work with; St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield and Rotherham Hospice.

My wife, Liz and I visited both hospices and were immediately convinced that these were two organisations that we wanted to support as they do such fantastic work in our communities.

We were astonished when we learnt the amount of money both hospices have to raise annually simply to keep functioning on a daily basis and that is why we would love you to start your fundraising activities and help these two charities that make such a great difference to the lives of so many people.

The focus of the Challenge will be on the hospices’ community programmes, taking their outstanding work out into the wider community and enabling them to support so many more patients and their families.

We need the Master Cutler’s Challenge 2019 to have as high a profile and visibility as possible but we can only do that with your support.

The other part of the Challenge is having fun – in its 12th year we want everybody involved to enjoy making a contribution as they go the extra mile and make a real difference!

The Mistress Cutler and I are really looking forward to working with you on the Challenge to see what we can really achieve together.

Good luck with all your fundraising adventures – I can’t wait to hear and see what you are getting up to as you make this year’s Challenge the biggest ever!

Nick Cragg
(Sheffield’s 380th Master Cutler)

The Challenge Charities 2019

St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice are both familiar to people in the region. Our work means that people at the end of their lives, and their families, are as comfortable, dignified and supported as possible.

Some of our most vital resources are our community teams who see patients at home and if they want to, and if it’s feasible, support them to die at home. It’s this community service that your participation will help us to maintain.

Most people would like to die at home, with the love of family and friends, their memories, pets, possessions and comforts there. We’d love to grant people that last precious wish – we want to support our community teams so that more people can choose home as a place to die.

We all know what home means – there’s nowhere else like it – and one day the services we provide in the community could make a difference to you, or someone you love.

Funds raised through The Master Cutler Challenge 2019 will go a significant way to ensuring both charities can continue to provide palliative care and support for families not just in the Hospice buildings, but out in the community. Home is familiarity, it is comfort, and it is memories. Hospice Community teams work to ensure more people can live to the end, at home, in comfort. The Master Cutler Challenge is where you can help make that happen.

“Most people would like to
die at home, with the love
of family and friends, their
memories, pets, possession
and comforts there.”

How we plan to use your money…

Every year, St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice care for thousands of people at the end of life, or living with terminal illness. Our teams care for over 3,350 people on average each year.

Combined, our charities need to raise nearly £9.5 million each year to carry on. The Master Cutler’s Challenge will make a significant contribution to that figure, and the funds raised from the challenge will enable us to continue providing this vital care.

It costs £2.1m a year for Rotherham Hospice & St Luke’s to provide quality community palliative care.


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Home Sweet Home


It’s not just bricks and mortar. Home is memories, people, it’s where the heart it. It is comfort, familiarity, a place we know and love. And most people, given a choice, want to die there. St Luke’s and Rotherham Hospice deliver care and support in the community, caring for terminally ill patients at home, where they want to be.

This year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge will raise funds to help us to continue to do this, so they can keep living life as they know it, and love it, for longer. When the time comes we all want that choice. Just by taking part you’ll help us to grant that last, special wish.


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