Our Santa on the Run is open to all ages – Children aged 3 years and under are free to take part. Event participants aged 5 to 15 years must be accompanied by a participating adult.
All our services are completely free to families who are referred to us.
You will leave Rainbow Run looking very colourful, and we recommend a few showers to rinse off the paint. If you have stubborn colours in your hair washing up liquid works a treat to rid the colours. If your hair is very light, or colour treated, you may wish to wear a hat or headscarf to minimise the paint contact.
There is no dress code.
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.
- 500m - £15 (plus £25 minimum sponsorship)
- 1000m - £20 (plus £40 minimum sponsorship)
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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.
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 ask that you raise a minimum of £395 to ‘jump for free’.
A £50 non-refundable deposit, payable direct to Skydive Buzz, will secure your place.
When you arrive at the airfield on the day of your skydive, you will need the pay the £200 balance of the cost of you jump direct to Skydive Buzz.
The remaining £145 and anything you raise over this amount will go to Children’s Hospice South West.
If you raise all of your sponsorship via an online page, including your £200 balance, CHSW can arrange for Skydive Buzz to invoice them for this amount – providing you have raised the minimum amount of £395
Don’t’ forget – you can choose to raise more than the minimum amount! The sky is the limit!
Explain to potential supporters that you are taking part in a challenge (similar to a marathon or any other sponsored event) and that it will require dedication, commitment and training to raise money and to complete the trip. The more you talk about the charity, the more they will realise how important your hard work is. You could always choose to pay towards the costs of the event yourself, so you can reassure your sponsors that 100% of their donation will benefit Children’s Hospice South West.
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.
The British weather is notoriously unpredictable, so we will be keeping an eye on the forecast. If the weather is deemed unsafe we will postpone the event and alternative date will be arranged and you will be notified by text and email. If you cannot make the alternative date, a refund will be offered or you can offer your event fee as a donation.
There is no strenuous physical exercise involved. If you can walk normally then you should manage the Firewalk perfectly well. If you have any doubts please consult your GP before attending.
Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.
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%.
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
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.
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.
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.
This is not a race and is more about having fun than setting a personal best. Take your time. But if you must, time your run with your own device. There are no prizes for finishing first at this run!
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.
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.
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.
The event organiser reserves the right to amend the event format or cancel the event due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or for any safety related reason with no further liability whatsoever arising from such cancellation. In the event of cancellation, the participant’s event fee will be treated as a donation, unless the participant requests a refund within seven days of the cancellation.
Registration is from 9.30am - 10.30am. Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, walk down to the event village and sing-in at the registration tent.
You will need to be 18 years at the time of the event to be able to take part.
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
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.
You can make a donation online, either as a single donation or a regular direct debit.
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.
Yes! There are several pricing options available on the Skydive Buzz website so if you self-fund your jump, all sponsorship raised would go to CHSW.
If you opt for the minimum sponsorship method of payment, about half of the sponsorship target will be used to pay the costs of the trip, although this varies slightly for each event. If you opt for the self-funder method of payment, 100% of your fundraising will go towards Children’s Hospice South West.
Your deposit is not included towards the sponsorship target, but does go towards covering the challenge costs.
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
You should receive all your purchases within fourteen working days of placing your order. Working days are Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.
If you have not received your order and it is after the expected date of arrival (allowing a couple of days for postal delays) then please contact us so we can look into this for you and, if appropriate, send a replacement. We can change the delivery address of any replacements if required.
There is no special clothing required. Casual comfortable clothes are best. Please remember, fires can be quite dirty and clothes may become ash-stained. Footwear needs to be easy to remove, and will need to be replaced before going back indoors so a hand towel might be a good idea.
Flip flops are a good idea, especially if the ground is cold.
Nail varnish and toe rings are fine.
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.
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.
Our Raise a Smile Weekly Lottery is a draw that takes place every week. Each ticket gives you the chance of winning one of our fantastic cash prizes. Each entry costs just £1.
No, but the more relevant experience and qualifications, and perhaps most importantly, enthusiasm you have the better.
Santas on the Run Bristol
Santas on the Run Eden Project
11.00am and 2.00pm
Santas on the Run RHS Rosemoor
Please turn up one hour before your start time to register, pick up your Santa Suit and enjoy the event village and warm 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.
Most referrals come from health or social care professionals, but anyone can refer a child or young person.
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.
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at this event.
As a charity we receive less than 16% of our funding from government and statutory organisations.
There will be a safety briefing at 10.45am which all swimmers MUST attend. Please be ready with your wetsuit on!
The ride is designed to offer a challenge to cyclists of all abilities. You will need a good level of fitness in time for the event, each day you will cycle between 60 to 85 miles incorporating several hills. As long as you start training early enough, even new cyclists can take part. Our training plan offers you some ideas to be event ready. You can also download the route and incorporate some of the local sections in your training plan.
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.
The London Marathon is one of the most popular events in the UK and there is a huge demand for places. We aim to allocate our London Marathon charity places as fairly as possible however we only have a very limited number of places available and unfortunately we are not able to guarantee a place to everyone who applies. To give yourself the best possible chance of getting a Team CHSW charity place, please sign up here and give us as much information as you can about why you would like to run for us, how much you realistically think you can fundraise and how you plan to do so.
Once you have signed up, you will be sent a confirmation email. In due course you’ll receive your fundraising pack in the post which will contain your walker number and everything else you will need for the evening. (except your T-shirt which you will collect on the night)
We will also keep in touch with you via email to offer fundraising ideas, tips and any other information about the event. Please ensure you provide a valid email address when you register.
Join the Moonlight Memory Walk Facebook page to keep up to date with any announcements and meet other walkers who are taking part on the evening.
Yes, you can reserve a DVD of your jump for £140; photographs for £140; or a DVD and photograph package for £185.
- Return flights
- All travel arrangements on the event
- Accommodation as stated on the challenge itinerary
- All food and refreshments on the event
- Camping equipment (where applicable) excluding sleeping bags
- Guiding team and medical provision
- Transport of your luggage between camps/accommodation
We rely on the support of volunteers across all departments. From covering reception to serving refreshments in our hospices and helping in our shops, our volunteers enable us to raise funds and deliver our services. You can find available opportunities on our volunteering opportunities page.
- complementary therapies
- creative art activities
- events and fundraising
- flower arranging and gardening
- public speaking/ambassador
- telephone support
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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!
We have many walkers who have been pregnant, have diabetes, are stroke survivors, blind or have many other conditions.
None have been an issue. However, we always recommend that if in doubt seek advice from your doctor.
We would like to know who our generous supporters are. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the important decision you have made. Letting us know also helps us to plan for the future and keep you informed about our ongoing work.
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. All you have to do to stop or change your donation is to directly notify your payroll department.
Every week, there are 14 cash prizes on offer, ranging from £5 to the £1,000 jackpot.
You can appoint whoever you like. Be sure to ask them first, as it can take a lot of time. You can also appoint a professional, like a solicitor or accountant, but your estate will need to pay their fees.
Santas on the Run Bristol
Santas on the Run Eden Project
Santas on the Run RHS Rosemoor
Please car share where possible to reduce the amount of traffic to the events.
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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.
All participants must be aged 18 or over, unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a minimum age of 14 then applies). A teacher or youth leader acting in loco parentis is not adequate. The parent or legal guardian must complete a Parental Consent Form prior to the event and will need to remain within sight and earshot of the minor – this will normally mean that they need to be with the minor whilst they prepare and accompany their child as is reasonably practicable during their participation.
We recommend an upper age limit of 70 years for participation, and for any individuals to consult their Doctor if they have an concerns about their health or ability.
If conditions become so bad that it is considered dangerous to continue then we may make the decision to abandon the event for that day. But a little rain won’t stop us!
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.
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.
CHSW work in partnership with Arrowhead Management to ensure the ride will be route marked, with an experienced support crew who will provide first aid and mechanical assistance across the three days. We would expect that you would be able to do simple bike repairs/maintenance in the event of a puncture during the event. CHSW staff will also be on hand to offer emotional support, encouragement along the way and huge cheers as you reach each hospice.
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.
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.
Yes of course! The route takes place on pavements, but you will be required to cross roads, so you may require assistance. A named carer will be welcomed to join you to provide assistance on the night. Please call Little Harbour fundraising office on 01726 871800 to discuss further.
The minimum age is 16 years and there is no upper age limit. If you are aged under 18 you must obtain parental consent using BPA form 106.
All participants should carefully read the declaration of fitness form 115A. It may be necessary to consult your GP and ask them to sign and stamp form 115B.
The standard upper weight limit is 15 stone / 95 kilos fully clothed. Please call Skydive Buzz if you are between 15 and 18 stone.
All forms can be downloaded from the Skydive Buzz website.
When you have completed your registration and paid your deposit, you will receive an event pack that will detail exactly what is involved in signing up to the trip, for example:
- Your spending money
- Personal travel insurance
- Payments for visas
- Vaccinations and medical forms (where required)
- Airport taxes where applicable
- Optional tours and meals on your free day
- Personal items from the kit list
- A tip for the local guides and porters
- Your travel to and from the UK departure airport
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.
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 is an inherent risk in any activity involving fire. It is important that participants pay attention to all the training and heed the advice and instruction of the trainer, firewatchers and spotters. Whilst absolute safety is not guaranteed, proper procedure reduces risk to the achievable minimum.
Writing a will is not as expensive as you might think. Solicitors can provide estimates on request, but the cost will depend on how complex your affairs are.
CHSW offer a Free Will Writing service to our supporters. Please visit our Free Will Writing service page to find out more.
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 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.
There are two options.
Option A - regular subscription
You can join our lottery with a regular monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually payment straight from your bank by standing order.
Option B - one-off play
You can play for a set number of weeks and pay by credit/debit card securely online.
Yes, there are three types:
A Residuary Legacy is a percentage or share of the balance of your estate once all other payments and gifts have been made. A lot people prefer to give a residuary gift because it keeps in line with inflation and does not lose value over time.
A Pecuniary Legacy is a fixed amount of money.
A Specific Legacy can include specific items like personal possessions, land or shares.
You are welcome to bring your dog to join you on the evening. They will need to remain on a lead and we ask that participants with dogs remain at the back of the walk to avoid other participants tripping over leads due to it being dark.
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