2020 Deck of Cards

The TLC Deck of Cards

Floella ace of hearts auction

The TLC Deck of Cards is a collaboration between artists and public figures who have been commissioned by Dame Floella Benjamin to each design a playing card from a deck of cards.

These designs will come together to form a complete set of playing cards. Each original artwork will be sold in an auction, and decks of cards also being available to buy. The money raised will help us to fund our next life saving mission to Africa or the Caribbean, where our marvellous team of volunteer doctors and surgeons can teach their skills in kidney transplantation to local medical teams, and save lives at the same time. This is a truly unique and special opportunity for art to literally save lives.

The Deck of Cards Vol.I Art Auction was held in October 2018, with contributing artists including Grayson Perry, Quentin Blake, Floella Benjamin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Bear Grylls, Joanna Lumley and many other notable figures.

It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand. –  Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

If you haven’t listened to Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, you must. When Randy Pausch was asked to give a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, he was asked to tell it as if it were to be his last. He reveals that it would indeed perhaps be one of his last lectures, as he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He delivers a truly inspirational speech about realising your dreams, and helping others achieve their dreams, starting with the phrase “It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.” This struck a chord; what TLC do is allow patients who have been dealt a rough hand the chance to change their life for the better through transplantation. It got us thinking about the dreams that TLC enable:

  • Doctors, surgeons and nurses in developing countries to be able to perform life-saving kidney transplant operations
  • Parents, wives, husbands, friends, and other family members the chance to save the life of their loved one by donating a kidney
  • Children with kidney failure to go back to school with a functioning kidney
  • Adults with kidney failure to go to work to provide for their families with a functioning kidney

You can take part in the Deck of Cards Art Auction either as an artist by contributing an artwork (please email us using the contact form on this website), bidding on an original artwork, or buying a deck of cards.