Rainbow Run is a 5k fun run event with a difference! There’s no prizes for being the first to cross the finish line, this event is all about making memories with your friends and family whilst raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
Along the route you can walk, jog, run or even skip your way through paint stations where marshals will shower you with bright powder paints. Creating the most amazing, vivid colour explosion you'll ever see so when you finish you'll be well and truly rainbowed!
Rainbow Run is a 5k fun run event with a difference! There’s no prizes for being the first to cross the finish line, this event is all about making memories with your friends and family whilst raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
At least 16 years old.
Long-term donations enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most, so we can be there for as many families as possible.
Regular gifts mean a consistent, predictable income so we can plan and budget better, making us more efficient. It’s also more cost effective. More of your money goes to our work as they generate less administration and carry cheaper bank charges.
There are benefits for you too. A regular gift is a hassle-free way to donate, while knowing that you are helping us make the most of short and precious lives.
Yes, you can donate to as many causes as you like as long as they are charities registered in the UK but with only one deduction in your pay.
Kids (or Bubble Bambinos as we call them) will love this event.
Children are allowed to join in as long as they can manage the distance and finish the event.
However you must hold their hand or with younger ones carry them as you go through the foam at each Bubble Station.
There is no lower age limit for this event.
Each participant will have to wear a wetsuit and will need to bring suitable swimwear to wear underneath. Appropriate footwear, trainers or walking boots are best, no heels, flip flops or sandals. You will need a towel, warm clothes and water proofs for after your abseil. Long hair should be tied back and you should remove any dangly earrings/necklaces etc. Glass retainers should be worn if there is any risk of them falling off. Any medication that you need, food and water and a camera for taking photos!
All our services are completely free to families who are referred to us.
You may still pay tax on a private pension plan or a savings account, or pay Capital Gains Tax if you sell property or shares. If this is the case, please tick the Gift Aid declaration.
Paying in your money is simple. You can pay it in online using the Donate button filling in the details and selecting "Pay in money raised". Post a cheque payable to CHSW to your local hospice. Remember to include a note that this is money you've raised and let us know if you'd like it to go towards a specific appeal.
Please don't send cash in the post.
Your bike will be your best friend during the three long days of cycling - we strongly advise that you use a road bike as they will help you go faster and will be more comfortable. You can complete the ride on a hybrid or mountain bike but these will be slower and you must have slick road tyres and inflate them to the highest possible pressure.
It costs £9.8 million a year to provide all of our services, the majority of this is raised through the incredible support of our community, our corporate supporters and our network of retail shops.
No. We gratefully receive any sponsorship our own place runners collect. No matter how small you think this amount may be, it will go a long way to help support our work.
Absolutely - we will support people taking on all kinds of challenges, and can provide fundraising support and a member of the overseas challenge events team dedicated to looking after you.
You can make a donation online, either as a single donation or a regular direct debit. You can also donate to the Children's Hospice South West via Text to Donate.
If you don’t wish to give online, you can give a credit/debit card donation over the telephone by 01271 325 270 (Monday-Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm and Friday 9.00am-4.30pm) or please send us a cheque, made payable to Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.
You can choose to leave us a collection or a specific object for us to sell and use the proceeds to support our work.
If you would like to leave a collection or a specific object to us, please do get in touch to let us know and we can talk about the options available.
We would always advise that you order using credit/debit card or Paypal via our secure website, as prices and stock availability may change in the time it takes for us to receive and clear funds from your cheque. If cheque or postal order is your only method of payment however we would be delighted to accept your order.
Please ensure order requests contain your full name, delivery address and a contact telephone number in case there are any problems fulfilling your order, and send this along with a cheque made payable to Children's Hospice South West to the following address: CHSW, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.
The current selling price of items will be applied to your order based on the date payment is received.
Yes. We can put you in touch with the tour operator directly who may be able to reschedule your flight home and help you plan a holiday if required. Please note that there will be extra costs for extending your stay and you will need to plan this well in advance.
You will collect your special T-shirt on the night when you sign in at the registration desk.
Under your Moonlight Memory Walk T-shirt wear warm, comfortable clothes and a well-fitting pair of trainers or walking shoes - wearing layers is a good idea and don’t forget waterproofs just in case! We encourage ladies to wear fancy dress and feather boas to add to the atmosphere of “a girl’s night out”- anything goes!
Rainbow Run is open to anyone aged 5 years and over. Event participants aged 5 to 15 years must be accompanied by a participating adult. Children within this age group will run the route leaving in a second wave after the main adult run starts, to ensure their safety. Participating adults are asked to accompany young runners in this wave. Please note that Rainbow throwers are briefed to throw paint carefully at our younger runners.
Yes, setting up a gift online is also completely safe. Any personal information you enter onto our online Direct Debit pages (including, name, address and bank account details) is encrypted before being sent to us.
Your information is saved in a secure environment using industry standard practices. You are then covered by the Direct Debit guarantee. We will write to you to confirm the details of your gift, and give you at least 21 days before taking the first payment. You can amend or cancel at any time.
Your first Payroll Giving contribution is made on your next pay day. However, if you are signing up towards the end of the month – after your employer’s payroll has been processed – your first contribution will be made the following pay day.
The foam is completely safe, but just be aware that foam may stain the outside of that expensive buggy! The buggy MUST also have a water proof cover to be allowed on the course.
Unfortunately, at Bubble Rush Plymouth the route is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs due to uneven terrain, woodland and muddy areas.
Unfortunately, at Bubble Rush Barnstaple the route is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs due to uneven terrain, woodland and muddy areas.
We would love you to and it may help you raise even more money! But make sure that it wouldn’t hinder the fitting of your harness and is big enough to go over a wetsuit – please get in touch before hand so we can make sure it’s suitable. If you do come in fancy dress, please do bring a spare change of clothes, just in case your costume isn't suitable.
Children and families across the south west of England can be referred to CHSW. We support more than 500 families at our three hospices across the whole region.
Children's Hospice South West can only directly claim back at the basic rate but please complete and return the declaration.
As a higher rate taxpayer, if you declare your donations on your tax return, you can claim a rebate based on the difference between the higher rate and the basic rate when you fill in your self-assessment form.
As a charity we receive less than 16% of our funding from government and statutory organisations.
Volunteering with Children's Hospice South West is a great way to:
- boost your CV
- learn new skills and put existing talents to use
- get involved in your local community
- make a difference to someone's quality of life
- increase your confidence and self-esteem
- meet new people
We’ll do our best to let you get involved as much as you'd like, and hope you have fun along the way!
If you are concerned that this might happen, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer help and guidance. Give your local community fundraiser a call and we'll try and help you avoid this. Our fundraising ideas page and your fundraising pack will give you lots of great ideas on how to reach your target.
Every participant in a Children’s Hospice South West Challenge Event, no matter what the event is, will receive:
- Fundraising and training advice
- Regular contact from the Challenge Events team
- The opportunity to visit a Children’s Hospice South West hospice
- Children’s Hospice South West vest or T-shirt.
For more information on the support available from Children’s Hospice South West, have a look at our fundraising page.
Yes of course your four-legged friend can walk, but please make sure they are happy to socialise with other doggies, that they are well behaved and on leads at all times. If they need to answer a call of nature, please bring the necessaries to scoop! We ask that this year walkers who bring their dogs remain at the back of the group to avoid other walkers tripping over your four legged friends.
We will provide any training that is necessary.
We sell Wedding Favours so you can show your support on your special day (or any other occasion), CHSW can supply donation cards to share the news with your guests about your donation. Adding the CHSW pin also provides an ideal party favour. Find out more about our wedding favours.
Injuries and illnesses happen - they're part of life. If you are unable to take part in your challenge, the most important thing for you to do is to let us know as soon as possible. Depending on when you pull out, we might be able to give your place to somebody else, so that Children’s Hospice South West does not lose out. We will also be able to advise you on who to alert to the fact that you will have to pull out - you may need to tell the challenge tour operator, and you may need to refer to the terms and conditions of your booking - especially for overseas adventures.
If you are unable to take part in your chosen challenge, and you have already raised sponsorship for your challenge, you will need to get in touch with everyone who has supported you to let them know that you are not actually doing the challenge they have sponsored you for. You should give them the right to request a refund on their donation. If you do not take part in your challenge, then we will not still ask you to pay in the minimum sponsorship requirement. Any registration fees you have paid are, however, non-refundable.
Not at all, you can walk or run the 5K route as it is not about speed but more about having as much fun as possible! The race is not timed, so the more competitive Rainbow Runners amongst you should self-time for anyone desiring a personal best.
Yes, you can. You can do this by donating online and entering the name of the person you’re giving in memory of in the ‘reason for donation’ field.
Or you can send a cheque payable to 'Children's Hospice South West' with a covering letter telling us who you're donating in honour of.
A list of the latest prize draw winners is published online shortly after each draw. It helps reduce our costs if you view the results online. However if you do require a printed version, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with your entry. The winners listed will then be posted to you shortly after the draw. You can also obtain a list of winners by emailing email@example.com or ringing our Fundraising Support and Enquiries team on 01271 325 270 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Fridays 9.00am to 4.30pm).
Cheques should be made payable to Children's Hospice South West and sent to us at:
Children's Hospice South West
Little Bridge House
Please note we do not recommend sending cash through the post.
Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to claim any tax back through Gift Aid, which saves us additional admin costs. If you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the only way we can automatically receive all your tax on a donation.
You will be allocated a start time when you register,
In Plymouth these are likely to be 11.00am, 12.00noon and 1.00pm depending on demand and may change. Your start time will be confirmed when we send your fundraising pack.
In Barnstaple there will be one wave at 2.00pm.
Please turn up one hour before your start time to register, pick up your T-shirt and enjoy the warm up and event village
Please email our enquiries team or phone us on 01271 325 270 with your name and address and we will remove you from our mailing list.
Of course, we would love to welcome your support team for the day. There will be a reduced charge of £4 for non participants for access to the falls. Canonteign Falls is described as a hidden gem and one of the most idyllic places to see and explore with children. Perfect for outdoor adventure, the children's play area and children’s assault course will keep the little ones happy, and the lakeside restaurant, snack bar and gift shop are worth a visit after your thrilling descent! Remind them to take waterproofs so they do not get wet as they watch!
Most referrals come from health or social care professionals, but anyone can refer a child or young person.
If you pay a lower rate (10 per cent or 20 per cent), Children's Hospice South West can still claim back 25p for each £1 you donate, provided you pay enough tax to cover the claim in the tax year you make the gift(s).
You will need to make your own travel arrangements to get to St Austell for registration on the Thursday evening and to travel from the finish at Charlton Farm near Bristol. Many cyclists choose to travel by train, we recommend you book early as spaces with bikes are limited and book up quickly.
We welcome referrals from family members whose child has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, or professionals. With your families permission we will then contact your professional support team (GP, consultants, key workers etc) to gather up-to-date information about your child's current needs and likely future prognosis. To make a referral please contact us.
Online giving websites are an extremely effective way to easily boost your fundraising total. They work by allowing sponsors to log on to a fundraiser's unique page and sponsor them using a credit or debit card. The money from online fundraising pages (e.g. Just Giving / Virgin Money Giving) gets automatically sent through to CHSW and added to your total, so no need for paper forms!
We have a team of fundraisers here at CHSW who are on hand to offer you any ideas and advice you may need. Our first tip would be to set up an online fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving, and then to investigate whether your company or any local businesses will be able to support you.
Yes, there are some steep hills along the route but if you are happy to take part, we will be delighted to see you. If a disabled entrant needs assistance from another person, they must also register for the event.
This will depend on the role you are taking on, but most volunteers will be asked for at least two reliable references. For certain roles that involve working on our hospice sites you will need a DBS check (formerly CRB), which we will organise for you.
We deliver to mainland UK and BPFO only.
Our overseas adventures are all run by tour operators on our behalf, as the tour operators have the experience, insurance and ATOL protection necessary to run these kinds of challenges. Therefore, registration fees should be sent directly to the appropriate tour operator when you complete your booking form.
Please note also, that the terms and conditions of your booking are with the tour operator rather than with Children’s Hospice South West - we will only stipulate fundraising terms and conditions, and do not have any control over insurance, travel arrangements or anything else to do with the trip itself. If you would like more information about this, then just get in touch.
Yes - we promote the events run by our preferred tour operators. Those tour operators will run several events a year, according to their own schedules. However, if you cannot make the dates they have on offer, we could look at an alternative tour operator for you so that you can still do your dream challenge - just get in touch with us and we will try our best to find a suitable event date for you.
Unfortunately if the back marshal has already departed you will be unable to take part in the run for health and safety reasons. So please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register and get into your Santa suit!
Please bring your running number, which will have been posted to you with your Fundraising Pack, and ensure the medical details are completed on the reverse. You will need to bring safety pins to attach your number to your front ready for the start of the race. If you have lost your number please come to the Information Tent where we can issue you with another.
This raffle is open to adults aged 16 or over, who are mainland UK residents, except for CHSW staff and external agents involved with the promotion and processing of the raffle.
The Gambling Commission has published codes of practice which help to ensure gambling is operated in a responsible manner. For further information on the Gambling Commission and the Gambling Act, please visit www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
Due to technical and vehicle support over the weekend provided by Arrowhead Management, only suitable single rider road bikes can take part.
Yes. All you have to do to stop or change your donation is to directly notify your payroll department.
Please note, we will only open the next start time wave depending on demand, so should you wish to join a later start time please check with us that there is a race at that time before turning up.
Yes you need to have a Discus account and in order to leave a comment you will be required to login. You can login using your social media or Disqus accounts.
After signing-in on the day, you will be taken over as a group to go through an abseil demo - a chance for you to have a go on a grass slope first and have a few practices with an instructor on hand who provides coaching and helps deal with any questions that you might have. So there is no need to worry about previous experience. Even if you let go of the abseil rope during the abseil an instructor at the top will have you on a separate safety rope so you are completely safe throughout your challenge.
There will be around five staff on the day to help you with your abseil including an instructor half way down the abseil to encourage you down and to take action shot photos of you and another instructor at the bottom of the abseil as a friendly face to greet and help you sort out your kit.
You are very well looked after throughout the event and there is plenty of time to have practice abseiling and enjoy the wonderful grounds in which the event is staged.
Once all the information available is reviewed, a decision will be made about the appropriateness of hospice care for the child and family. The family and the involved professionals will be informed of this decision without delay. A typical period for completion of this referral process is approximately six weeks. To make a referral please click here.
If you normally make donations via CAF, tax has already been reclaimed. However, please fill in the declaration anyway so that any separate donations you might make are tax effective as well.
Your accommodation for Thursday night is not included in the registration fee.
Yes. We can train you for most of our roles. Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills while boosting your CV.
Unfortunately it is inevitable that, with so many runners, some people will get injured in training for a race. What happens next depends on how you got your place and what race you are doing.
If you are using your 'own place' to run for CHSW (i.e. you obtained it directly from the organisers of that race) you simply need to let them know you can no longer take part. They will decide whether you can defer your place to the following year. We'd also appreciate it if you could let us know so we know how many runners to expect on the day.
If you have a guaranteed charity place, which you obtained by paying a registration fee with CHSW, then you must let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to take part in your event. We cannot automatically defer your place to next year's event, and all registration fees are non-refundable.
If you cannot raise the money in time, we will ask you to make up the costs yourself in order to take part in the event. If this is not possible, we will offer you the opportunity to join another challenge in the future, giving you longer to keep fundraising. If you do have to cancel from the event, we will refund your sponsorship to your donors directly, if requested by them.
Please note that cancellation charges do apply if cancelling within eight weeks of departure date, (although travel insurance may cover cancellation costs, depending on the circumstance).
There is no minimum sponsorship for taking part in the Moonlight Memory Walk, however we ask that you raise as much money as possible to help support the vital care we provide to families with life-limited children at your local children’s hospice.
If you receive an error message that your credit or debit card has been declined - but you are sure your details are all correct - then please contact the bank that issued the card to you to find out why.
It is worth checking if any of the following apply, as these can prevent payments going through:
- The billing address for your bank may differ to the one that you are entering on the billing address page.
- Your card may not have enough credit available to cover the payment.
- Your card may have a block on internet/phone orders, or on payments to charity.
- Your card may have reached its daily transaction limit.
- Your card may have been flagged for additional authorisation.
- If your card was recently issued, it may not have been activated yet.
Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.
The British weather is notoriously unpredictable so keep an eye on the forecast and bring waterproofs if it’s looking dodgy as the Santa suits are not waterproof!
There will be no facilities of this nature so please arrive with limited personal belongings or leave them with friends/family who are coming to watch. CHSW cannot accept responsibility for any belongings left unattended.
To say “yes” to Gift Aid you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and /or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference.
Gift Aid is equal to 25% of your donation. For example: If you donate £10 and say “yes” to Gift Aid, we can claim £2.50 from the Government. You will need to pay more than £2.50 in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year.
We will also need your full name and home address or we cannot claim Gift Aid. Find out more about Gift Aid.
No, the money collected through sale of entries to lottery draws and raffles does not qualify for Gift Aid as it is a payment for your raffle number.
CHSW is unable to support individuals requiring visas to volunteer in the UK as we do not have a sponsorship licence.
Your Payroll Giving donation automatically stops when you leave your job. It's easy to start giving through the scheme again. Simply contact the payroll department at your new workplace.
We want everyone to have the maximum bubbly fun possible so here are a few things to take into account to make sure your Bubble Bambino has a great time:
- The PH of our foam is very mild, however too much of a good thing can be a little irritating, especially to little eyeballs. It is well worth bringing a pair of swimming goggles or buying a pair of our cool colourful sunglasses at the merchandise stall on site.
- Bring a towel, wet wipes or face cloth to wipe down your Bubble Bambinos face after running through each Bubble Station. Also it is a good idea to dry their hands, before those soapy suds make it to their eyes.
- We also recommend the little Bubble Bambinos use bandanas or similar wrapped around their mouths to make sure they don’t eat too many bubble and end up with bubble trouble in their tummies!
- If it’s looking like a sunny day please ensure you bring sunscreen, and sun hats as there will not be much shelter in the event village.
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Canonteign Falls is a tough abseil and you will need to be fit and reasonably confident on your feet to be able to get to the top of the abseil and climb over the fence at the top. If you have any doubt in your ability to take part in the abseil please discuss this with your event organisers.
Being able to walk quickly up a flight of stairs, jump a foot off the ground and climb over obstacles such as fences unaided, would be a good example of mobility needed. If you are in any doubt about your fitness / mobility to participate in abseil event you have chosen, please consult the abseil organisers first and then your doctor if needed.
We have 8 specially adapted bedrooms at both Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Bristol. At Little Harbour in Cornwall there are 6, which ar eused for respite breaks.
At each hopsice we keep one of these bedrooms free for emergency or end of life care.
Purchases such as raffle tickets are not treated by HM Revenue and Customs as donations and so the Gift Aid declaration does not apply to them. However, please fill in the declaration to cover any additional or separate donations.
Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.
Many people support CHSW for lots of different reasons. If you would like to share your story/experiences we would love to hear from you. If you have any photos or news, then you can always post them straight onto our Facebook page to help inspire other supporters.