Donate Refer

Yes, but only a small one. Your employer will use a Payroll Giving Agent (like a charity bank) to distribute the donations that you and your colleagues make. The Payroll Giving Agents are charities that need to make a small charge to cover their operating costs. Some employers pay this fee on your behalf so we receive your full donation.

If your employer doesn’t pay the fee, the Payroll Giving Agent will deduct it from your donation before passing it on to us. This will be between 2% and 4%. This compares favourably against the admin costs of claiming Gift Aid on a Direct Debit donation.

Your sponsorship money needs to be paid to Children’s Hospice South West ten weeks before the date of departure. This is because the charity has to pay the tour operator costs in advance, and have to ensure that every person we pay for has raised all the money. Some people find it difficult to ask for the money up front, but it is a lot harder to get the money in after the event. Your sponsors will understand about this.

There’s no need for you to do a thing.  If you are one of the lucky winners, we will send your winning cheque to you by post.

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted at any of our Rainbow Runs.

Yes, we welcome volunteer expertise and ask that you complete our enquiry form with a brief description of your professional background. 

Email notifications are sent when comments are posted on discussions that matter to you. You can modify these settings at Edit Profile or by clicking Edit Settings in any Disqus comment area. Learn more: http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466221-managing-notifications

We would be delighted, as long as they are over 16 years of age. It is illegal to sell raffle tickets to children under the age of 16, and for people under 16 to sell raffle tickets.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

Each of our hospices has a special room called ‘Starborn’ in which, after a child has died, they can be laid for up to seven days. Starborn is kept at a regulated temperature where the appropriate measures are taken to prepare the body for the funeral. This allows families to be in an environment where they can say goodbye to their child properly, surrounded by loved ones, with support from members of the care team who have looked after their much loved child during their stays.

Come along wearing a shiny white t-shirt (and running gear you don’t mind getting messy) or perhaps wear something more unusual like a wedding dress, tutu or fancy dress! So long as it’s white so you can see the multi-colours in all their splendour at the end.

Well-fitting trainers are recommended but please don’t wear your expensive ones, as they will end up every colour of the Rainbow. The coloured pigment should wash out of most fabrics, but some of the more stubborn colours may stain certain fabrics so please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained.

After testing the paint, we know that white is never white again after being rainbowed. The paint is water-soluble so you can wash the clothes as normal, but avoid washing it with nice clothes. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it, the better.

You'll need to complete an application form from the event page. Some events are by application process, we aim to let you know the result of your application as soon as possible. Some events are confirmed instantly as long as you are committed to raising the minimum fundraising pledge and you pay a registration fee.

The draw takes place each Friday. Once the draw has taken place, winners are notified by post, and all the winning numbers are published on our website on our lottery results page.

If you are organising a fundraising event for Children’s Hospice South West we will include details of your event in our supporters calendar.  Email details of your event to website@chsw.org.uk.

There are no long term harmful effects from the foam either during or after the event. If you get some in your eyes, it may sting slightly, consider wearing sunglasses or goggles. The mixture that we use is drier than most foam; therefore you won’t be soaked and won’t be slipping around in the foam stations.

The dye in the foam gives vibrant colours however it is a food dye and is water soluble as well as environmentally friendly and completely safe.

Yes, we can.  Everytime we sell something that you have donated we can raise 25% more from the government through Gift Aid - at no extra cost to you.

We ask that you pay in your full fundraising amount within one month of your event.

Please let us know if you are not going to be able to pay in your money on time for any reason.

As you cross the finish line you will be asked to hand in your lanyard/pouch with your walker number inside; if you don’t, we will have to call you or your emergency contact in the early hours to find out where you are or send out a search party! You will then receive a medal and goody bag and are free to enjoy your pasty before going home to get some well - deserved sleep! You may also take your candle bag home as a keepsake if you wish.

Dave Talbot Ltd insists upon the very highest standards in safety for all of our clients and staff taking part in our outdoor activities. Our abseil events involve an element of risk which makes them challenging, exciting and facilitates personal development. However, the safety of everyone involved is an absolute priority and Dave Talbot Ltd ensures the level of risk is acceptable and appropriate safety standards are maintained at all times.

Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to prevent any person or persons, from participating in the event if they are found to be behaving inappropriately or in a manner that is detrimental to the safe provision of the event. This includes those individuals that are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

We offer a range of fun and innovative volunteering opportunities to all of our corporate partners.

If you would like to find out more about corporate volunteering at work we'd love to hear from you.  Drop us an email and we'll be in touch shortly.

Worldpay will not accept any postcodes that do not contain a space. Please enter a space in the correct place in your postcode.

Unfortunately there are no facilities and we cannot accept liability for anything you leave behind. Please bring only what you need.

If you now can’t take part, please let us know by contacting zoe.miles@chsw.org.uk or calling 01271 325 270.

If you die without a Will in England or Wales the law will decide who gets what. If you have no living family members, all your property and possessions will go to the Crown.

Gift Aid only applies to personal donations, so your company donation will not be eligible. For a charity to benefit from the tax on a company donation, the donation should be paid gross (without deducting Income Tax). The company can then claim tax relief when calculating its profits for Corporation Tax. For further information, please contact your Tax Office or accountants

For further information about Gift Aid, please see the HM Revenue & Customs website or the Institute of Fundraising website. Alternatively, contact your local Tax Office.  Read our Gift Aid explained page.

Your donation is very important to us and we will write to thank you on an annual basis if you have chosen for us to contact you. We may also send you updates on our work if you have indicated that you are happy to receive these. You will know the deduction has started as it will appear on your payslip.

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the challenge, in suitable physical condition to undertake the challenge as set out in the itinerary and be fully aware of the possible risks inherent in adventure travel.

Everyone taking part is asked to have a medical form (supplied by Children’s Hospice South West) completed and signed by their doctor to confirm your suitability to take part. All participants must also have adequate personal travel insurance. 15-17 year olds may also participate in any challenge with the agreement of their parent or guardian and if accompanied by a parent or guardian on the challenge who is of legal age, (18 years of age or older). The parent or guardian will have to complete the booking form for anyone who is under 18 at the time of booking and sign the following parental responsibility form.

We are almost entirely reliant on voluntary income to safeguard our vital services into the future. By taking part in our weekly lottery and annual raffles you are helping us continue to make the most of short and precious lives.

Unfortunately we are unable to transfer your place, and registration fees are non-refundable.*

*Should the event date be changed; your registration will be automatically transferred to the new date, or a refund offered on request. If you are unable to take part due to extenuating circumstances, on authorisation by the Fundraising Manager, CHSW will refund any monies relating to your registration fee, after a deduction of a £5 admin fee. Any documentation sent to you (i.e. running number) must be returned before the refund is processed.

In the unlikely event that CHSW has to cancel the event, all participants will automatically be refunded their registration fees, and any sponsorship money received by CHSW can be refunded on the request of the sponsor.

Our volunteering opportunities don't require a formal interview. We will ask you to complete a volunteer registration form to find out more about you. An informal meet and greet session will then be arranged. This gives us an opportunity to tell you more about our work and role, and to learn about your interests and skills.

By default, you will receive notifications for all replies to your comments. You can also subscribe to entire discussions on which you comment within the settings of your Disqus account. Registered users can turn off new thread subscriptions within the settings of their Disqus account.

Sell as many as you can and then return the ones you haven't, together with the money and stubs from the ones you have sold.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

We provide emergency care for many families, and this can be for a number of reasons. It may be that the child is very poorly and the family would like the support that the hospice provides, both physically and emotionally.

An emergency may not necessarily be with the sick child. A parent maybe ill, recovering from an operation, or attending a family funeral for example, and may need additional assistance with their child during this time.

At the finish line we will have cleaning stations with soft brushes so that you can give yourself a good dusting off to remove most of the powder. You won’t be 100% clean but you will be able to remove most of the paint.

We recommend that you leave a towel in your car to cover your seat or spare clothes to put on top of your running gear to ensure you get as little paint as possible on your seat.

CHSW cannot be held responsible for any damage or paint getting on participants vehicles, public transport or private property.

Collecting sponsorship from companies is a great way of increasing your sponsorship. Many companies offer a Matched Giving service where they match all the sponsorship raised by the staff. 

You cannot change the logo in any way and you must ensure that you represent CHSW correctly. Commercial organisations are not permitted to use the CHSW name or logo without our prior written consent.  Please contact your local community fundraiser in the first instance. 

Just remember that the foam is water based so if you stay in foam too long your devices will get wet. It’s a good idea to take some precautions to protect your device, or leave this with your cheer squad.

Gift Aid is one of the easiest ways to make your donation tax effective. The charity you are supporting reclaims the basic rate tax from HM Revenue and Customs. There is no extra cost to you and the process is simple - all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration

We’d love to hear from you!  You can give our events team or your local community fundraising team a call or drop us an email if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for your support!

We look forward to having you as part of #TeamCHSW.

Unfortunately we can't accept registrations on the night.

I have been working in the outdoor industry for 15 years and hold the highest level of qualification in the UK for working with people when rock climbing and abseiling (AMI - Association of Mountaineering Instructors). I also hold industrial rope access qualifications to go along side of this.

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of every event, none of which could be staged without their hard work and dedication. We have a whole host of events to choose from with roles which include marshalling, cheer points, helping with refreshments, photograpy, setting up and clearing down.

You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. This cancellation period will expire 14 days after the day on which you (or the person you nominate) received the goods, or received the final item from an order for several items. To exercise your right to cancel you must inform us in a clear statement sent by post or email to the address below.

Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ

If you cancel this contract, we will refund all payments received from you, including the costs of standard delivery only. We may make a deduction for the loss in value of the goods, if the loss is the result of unnecessary handling by you.

We will make the refund as soon as possible, and no later than 14 days from the day you return any goods, or provide evidence of return. We may withhold the refund until we have received the returned goods, or you have supplied evidence of having sent back the goods, whichever is the earliest.

We will make the refund using the same means of payment that you used for the initial purchase unless you have expressly agreed otherwise. You will not incur any fees as a result of the refund.

You shall send back the goods without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which you communicate your cancellation of this contract to us. The deadline is met if you send back the goods before the period of 14 days has expired.

Returned goods should be in perfect condition to obtain the full refund and we ask that you arrange and pay for return postage (unless the goods are faulty). If goods are faulty you can request a replacement instead of a refund. 

Charitable donations made with an order cannot be refunded.

We feel strongly that only those people who have paid to enter and worked hard to raise the money should take part. This is also to ensure we can carefully manage everyone’s safety. Why not encourage them to sign up and take part!

Each participant will have to wear a wetsuit so must bring swimwear to wear underneath. Appropriate footwear such as trainers are required and avoid heels, slip ons and flip flops. You will need a towel and long hair should be tied back and you should remove or cover any earrings/necklaces etc. Safety Helmet, Wetsuit & Buoyancy Aid are provided.

A residuary legacy is the gift of the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of the remainder) after all other gifts to friends and family have been distributed and all outgoings have been dealt with.

A residuary legacy is especially valuable to CHSW because the growing value of your assets protects it against inflation.

A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that tends to decrease in value over time because of inflation. For example, a legacy of £1,000 written into a Will in 1980 would now be worth less than £380. However, it is possible to index-link a pecuniary legacy, to ensure that the legacy maintains its intended value.

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 receive tax relief at the highest rate of tax you pay; so each pound you give, will only cost you 60p.

Group sizes range from 12 – 30 depending on the challenge. You will come across a wide mix of people on an event like this, and you are likely to make some life-long friends. All ages take part and from all backgrounds.

There is no need to choose your numbers. You will be sent a random unique number for each entry that you play.  This number will be yours for the duration of your membership to our lottery.

When you enter our weekly lottery, you will be sent your unique number by post. 

Yes! We allocate any children a different colour so our paint throwers know to adapt their paint throwing style to suit a younger audience, to make it safe and fun for everyone. On the day, please start in the coloured group matching the colour of your youngest team member.

Consideration will be given to short term work experience placements at your local CHSW shop but levels of work cannot always be guaranteed. If you are interested in arranging a placement or having a placement yourself please complete the enquiry form on our contact us page.

You can change your display name, which appears next to their comments, as well as your bio, website, and location within your Disqus profile settings.

It's really easy. You will receive an addressed envelope which you can use to return the ticket stubs to us with a cheque or postal order. Please make sure that all of your ticket stubs are filled in correctly.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

Once a family starts to visit our hospices, our care team are available to help them think about the choices they may wish to consider when their child nears the end of their life. An end of life care plan is a document that outlines you and your child’s wishes for their end of life care, including management of pain, other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and support for the family into bereavement. 

The end of life phase begins when a judgement is made that no more treatment is possible, to ensure care helps children who are no longer receiving curative treatment to live as well as possible until they die. Including care during and around the time of death, and immediately afterwards. Enabling supportive and palliative care needs of both child and the family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life. 

Families may wish to come to the hospice for care towards the end of their child’s life. We would always view these stays as a priority. Families may also wish to stay at home or in a hospital and then come to the hospice after their child has died. Whatever the family decides our care team can offer support, advice and practical help whether at home or in the hospice.

You will leave Rainbow Run with skin of all colours, we recommend a few showers to rinse off the paint and if you have stubborn colours in your hair washing up liquid works a treat to rid the stubborn colours. If your hair is very light, or colour treated you may wish to wear a hat or headscarf to minimise the paint contact. 

If you set up an online fundraising page, your donors will be prompted to fill in the Gift Aid details on their individual donation.

Please encourage your sponsors to complete their last name, initial and full address on your sponsorship form if they would like their donation to be Gift Aided.

We are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families from the South West.  We couldn't continue this work without you.  Read some inspiring stories to see the life-changing impact of our work.  Thank you again for your support.

Check your registration documentation to find out what happens after your Bubble Rush event.

For every £1 you donate to Children's Hospice South West in a financial year (from 6 April to 5 April of the following year), you must have paid 25p in Income or Capital Gains Tax in the same financial year to qualify for Gift Aid.

If you have made a Gift Aid declaration we ask that you let us know if you cease to pay enough Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the amount we will claim from HM Revenue and Customs on the donations you make.

We also ask that you let us know if you change your name and/or address.

You should have received an email confirmation when you registered. If you haven’t received this, please email our events team or contact your local community fundraiser as your email address might have been entered incorrectly. Please also check your junk mail, as sometimes automated emails may filter into this mail box.

We feel strongly that only those people who have paid to enter and worked hard to raise the money should take part. This is also to ensure we can carefully manage everyone’s safety.

I have run eight abseils at Canonteign Falls in previous years and the event is always a great success with every abseiler succeeding and having a great time.  It's such a unique abseil down England's highest waterfall, in such a beautiful setting - it's definitely an experience to remember even if you have abseiled many times. 

We are always looking for keen volunteers to help with a range of tasks, without whom we could not successfully fundraise to support our work across the South West.

It is not usually commercially viable for most shop teams to collect donations from your home. However, collections can sometimes be arranged locally, so it's worth asking your local shop (contact details can be found on our Shopfinder). Our furniture shops (which you can also find through our Shopfinder) sometimes offer a local collection service.

Unfortunately your place cannot be transferred. Places are also non refundable, this is in line with our event terms and conditions, however your fee will be used to enable the hospice to care for families. If you can’t now take part, please let us know.

You will need to bring suitable swimwear to wear underneath a wetsuit. Appropriate footwear, trainers or walking boots are best, no heels, flip flops or sandals. You will need a towel and warm clothes for after the course. Long hair should be tied back and you should remove or cover any earrings/necklaces etc. Remember any medication that you need, and a camera for taking photos!

Taxation rules change frequently.  Your solicitor can provide Will tax-planning advice or arrange for the services of an accountant or tax adviser. A Will can allow you to take tax into account and maximise how much you leave to others. For example there is currently no inheritance tax payable on a gift left to charity in your will and if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, your IHT liability reduces from 40% to 36%.

Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to choose to claim the tax back through Gift Aid – saving us 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.

Required fitness levels depend on the trip you are taking part in and your current level of fitness. These trips are not targeted at experienced trekkers, so we will have people of all abilities on the event. We do advise that everyone should train for the event, as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy yourself. We also advise people to go at their own pace on the event – it is not a race, and the idea is to enjoy yourself.

As the law states that lottery tickets must not be sold to, or by, those under the age of 16 we must therefore abide by this law in accordance with our license.

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

We suggest all Rainbow Runners wear sunglasses to prevent paint drifting into your eyes. It is the adult's responsibility to ensure children in their group wear sunglasses during the event.

We will have sunglasses for sale on the day for £2.

Yes. Many of our volunteers work full time. We aim to provide flexible roles which can be carried out around your other commitments, be they work, family or leisure.

Following users is a great way to discover new content, and be part of the most recent conversations happening in your network.  Following other users keeps you up-to-date with the latest news that's relevant to you. After you choose to follow someone, his or her activity will show up in your My Disqus tab and Dashboard activity stream (use the “Context” button to get the full conversation).

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to "CHSW".

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

We offer short breaks away for the whole family, for respite and relaxation. Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters can all come and stay at our hospices.

We provide one-to-one specialist care for the sick child. This allows the family the chance to have a break away from the worries of caring, and to be together as a family. In this respect, what we provide is completely unlike any other care available.

CHSW will have photographers taking photos on the day and filming the rainbow craziness. If you want to get shots right in the midst of the action we recommend covering cameras/phones with plastic wrap or bringing a disposable camera.

We aren’t able to promote events before they’ve happened – but we do use our social media platforms to celebrate fundraising successes.

Spreading the word about your fundraising is much more successful when it comes from you, so we’ve created a handy guide to using social media to help you, click here for more details.

You can find Children’s Hospice South West on virginmoneygiving.com. Check out our tips on setting up your online fundraising page.

If you run or dance long enough then you be dry in no time. There are not any changing facilities on site, but we recommend having a towel and change of clothes on hand before your journey home!

To simplify matters for both you and CHSW, the declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we will continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you are eligible.

In order to confirm your charity place in a race, you'll need to confirm your details with the race organisers. As a participant in the event, you'll need to agree to their terms and conditions and let them know you’re running with a charity place. If you don't complete this second stage of the registration process by the specified deadline, you won't able to take part on the day. This second part to the registration process is at no extra cost.

We do not allow places to be transferred, if you can’t now take part, please let us know as soon as possible.

I love the outdoors and grew up playing in the country side so for me setting up an outdoor company just seemed right. My favourite moments include being featured on BBC's 'Coast' program climbing and presenting. Another great achievement was launching the Geneva Motor Show for Jaguar/Land Rover in 2014, a very exciting project. There is more information about what I do on my website at DaveTalbot.net.

Our team of dedicated volunteers help run our charity shops across the South West, both behind the scenes and on the shop floor. Our retail roles consist of:

  • Welcoming customers to the shop, advising and helping them
  • Promoting Gift Aid
  • Supporting other volunteers
  • Serving customers at the till
  • Dealing with stock donations
  • Stock preparation, sorting, steaming and pricing
  • Replenishment of stock on the shop floor
  • Visual merchandising - creating windows and displays
  • Administrative tasks such as stocktaking
  • Van drivers' mate - on the road helping our van drivers
  • Researching items for ebay

Yes we can. Every time we sell something belonging to you, we can raise 25% more from the government through Gift Aid - at no cost to you.

Find out more about Gift Aid.

Of course! Our suits come in an adult and child one size so many people cut the legs to be shorter or roll up the arms to make the suits more fitting.  Some Santas even add tinsel and baubles too! 

Don’t forget that your running number must be worn at all times though, please secure it with safety pins to your Santa suit. We also suggest bringing a belt with you to the event to ensure your suit stays in place when you’re running.

Of course, we would love to welcome support for your team on the day. If you contact The Ultimate Adventure Centre in advance they can tell you of other activities available for the family throughout the day at additional cost.

Once a Will has been made, it is important to keep it up to date and account for any changes in your circumstances. For example, you may now have had a child or grandchild, you may have moved home, or your financial situation may have changed. It is also advisable to reconsider the contents of your Will regularly to make sure that it still reflects your wishes.

Yes. If you receive an occupational pension and your pension provider deducts tax through the PAYE system, you are still eligible for the scheme. Simply ask your occupational pension provider to make a donation from your pension before tax has been deducted.

If you have not done any exercise for some time we recommend you visit your doctor before starting your training. Our tour operators provide training guidelines when you sign up.

The lottery terms and conditions are a list of rules we adhere to, to ensure you are completely clear about the terms of your entry of our lottery. You can find the terms and conditions on our website or you can telephone the lottery hotline on 08456 888 911.  

Our lottery hotline is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.00am - 4.30pm.  At all other times please leave a message on our answerphone. 

Yes, absolutely! We needs lots of volunteers to make the event safe and fun, to find out more look at our event volunteer opportunities.

No, but the more relevant experience and qualifications, and perhaps most importantly, enthusiasm you have the better.

Yes other users will be able to follow comments you make on other stories.

The purchaser's name and full address need to be clearly written. If you buy tickets for yourself, you can use the sticky labels we provide for convenience. It's useful to add a daytime phone number too, as we always try to contact winners by telephone first.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

Families are advised on how and when they are able to book hospice stays. In addition to planned respite nights, emergency stays can be arranged. These are organised on an “as needed” basis.

The way families use their respite stays is determined to suit their personal circumstances, we aim to be as flexible as possible in responding to needs. Some families prefer long visits while others might choose a weekend every few months. We hope each family would feel free to discuss their individual needs with us.

The paint is 100% natural and water-soluble and will not cause any damage to the environment. We will have a clean-up team in place to remove the paint on the ground after the event.

Yes! We have specially trained volunteer speakers who give talks and assemblies about the work that we do. You can request a speaker by contacting your local community fundraising team.

Availability of speakers varies, so please do get in touch at least three weeks before your event so we can do our best to send someone along. If there’s no one available to attend we can send films about our work instead.

There are plenty of ways you can get your fundraising started for minimal costs. Local companies may sponsor your event, donate goods or lend you their services for free. Take a look at our fundraising ideas page for simple ways to keep costs low.

Entry fees are non-refundable or transferable. Should CHSW have cause to cancel the event, participants will be notified and a refund of registration fee offered – or you will be offered a place in an alternative CHSW event.

We do have a plan to keep the bubble fun going in the event of rain but should the event need to be re-scheduled due to heavy wind/rain your registration fee will be transferred to the new date. You can request a refund of your registration fee if the new date is not convenient for you.

You must pay an amount in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the amount Children's Hospice South West and any other charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) will reclaim in the tax year (from 6 April to 5 April of the following year). Inheritance Tax, Council Tax and VAT do not qualify towards Gift Aid.