JIGSAW masters are being encouraged to enter a fundraising competition coming to Cheshire next month.

St Luke's Hospice's Autumn Jigsaw Championships heats are taking place across Cheshire throughout October, with proceeds going towards patient care.

The championship heats will take place at the Weaverham Community Centre on Sunday 1, from 3pm to 5pm; Tarporley Community Centre on Sunday 15, from 3pm to 5pm; and Middlewich Town Hall on Friday 20, from 7pm to 9pm.

Other heats will be held at Sandbach Masonic Hall, on October 6, and Wistaston Memorial Hall, on October 24.

The final day of competition, which promises to be a 'unique and entertaining day out', will be held at the Winsford-based hospice on October 29.

There will be two competition categories – teams of two and teams of four. Each team will be given an identical 500-piece jigsaw and two hours to complete it (or do as much as possible).

There is no age limit to this event, anyone can take part. Three winners from each heat will take part in the Grand Finale where they will compete against all the other heat winners – and potentially be crowned as Grand Champions.

St Luke’s events fundraiser, Mark Gammage, said: "After the really positive feedback from our first competition back in February we are delighted to be able to run this event again.

"We’ve also listened to our supporters and have set up heats across our catchment area this time so no-one has to make a long trip to take part.

Northwich Guardian: Shona Redman, from Winsford, won the individual competition earlier in the yearShona Redman, from Winsford, won the individual competition earlier in the year (Image: St Luke's Hospice)

"Although it is a competition it’s a very relaxed afternoon (as jigsaws and stress really don’t go hand-in-hand!) and there will be a Bring and Buy Jigsaw sale as well as copious amounts of tea and biscuits for everyone.”

Mandy Shaw, who took part in the competition earlier in the year, said, “My sister and I really enjoyed it, it was great fun and completing a jigsaw against the clock was a very different experience.

"We went home with lots of new jigsaws and we were thrilled that we did manage to complete the jigsaw in the time, well just about.

"We enjoyed it so much we have already signed up for this year’s event and are really looking forward to it. The event is very inclusive too and draws people in who perhaps can’t compete in the physical challenges."

St Luke’s would also like to run a 'bring and buy' stall of jigsaws on the day so make sure to bring along and donate any jigsaws you’ve completed and pick out a new one.

For further information on the Jigsaw Championship, please email the St Luke’s events team at events@slhospice.co.uk or visit slhospice.co.uk/jigsaw.