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.
Yes of course! If you are in any doubt as to whether the route will be suitable please do get in touch. A named carer can also assist a disabled entrant for free, please call your local fundraising office to register their details.
Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.
You can donate through Payroll Giving:
- if you are paid by an employer
- if you have PAYE deducted from your pay, and
- if your employer has set up a Payroll Giving scheme.
Your payroll department will be able to tell you if your employer has signed up.
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.
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 lottery number.
Once you’ve applied we’ll contact you with the next steps as quickly as we can and keep you updated throughout the application and selection process.
If you’re selected, we'll want to get you started as quickly as possible but this will depend entirely on the role and what checks we need to do beforehand. If the role requires a DBS check (we’ll flag this in details about the opportunity) the process can take longer.
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Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.
As all teenagers wish to be independent, the hospice also holds teenage focused weekends, giving them the opportunity to come and stay without their families.
Three different weekends are arranged each year, plus one sensory teenage week. The weekends are often themed to suit varied interests including pamper days, cars and games.
It gives the teenagers the chance to socialise with others and time to talk about their experiences.
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.
Absolutely! If it’s a staff fundraiser you’re planning, register your event and have a look at our fundraising ideas page for inspiration!
If your company would like to get involved in other ways or you would like to donate a percentage of sales of a product towards our work, get in touch with Corporate Fundraising Team.
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.
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.
You can set up a team fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving following the steps on their website. We recommend that you set up an individual page which links to this team page so we can clearly identify any funds that have been raised on your behalf.
We will have a band of merry marshals to point you in the right direction as well as lead and back marshals to make sure we don’t lose anyone!
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.
Yes, in most cases - please see sponsorship forms for more details. If you are being sponsored or sponsoring someone else, for example someone taking part in an Children's Hospice South West Abseil or running the London Marathon, please Gift Aid eligible contributions. Remember that each sponsor needs to include their home address and postcode to enable Children's Hospice South West to reclaim the tax.
Long-term donations enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most. 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 supporting our work. To set up your direct debit payment go to the Donate page here, follow the instructions on the form, when you select regular donation the form will expand to provide the direct debit instructions to your bank.
Whilst it's called Santas on the Run, you don’t have to run! You can jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line - so please go with what you are most comfortable with.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing suitable for running in under your Santa suit with a well-fitting pair of trainers.
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!
Yes, for some roles. We have a responsibility to protect the children and young people we work with, so we will carry out a DBS (formerly CRB) or disclosure check where needed. This can take some time, but is not a difficult process and you will be given help to complete the forms if necessary.
There is no minimum or maximum limit.
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.
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You have the option to stay with your child or the opportunity to leave your child at the hospice whilst going away for a break.
Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable and non-refundable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.
You will need a licence from your local authority for an event that includes any of the following activites:
- provision of food and drink
- extended hours
- collecting money or selling goods in a public place
- sale of alcohol
For more help and advice please contact your local community fundraising team.
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.
To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you. Without these details we legally can't claim Gift Aid - so be strict with your supporters!
You can wear whatever you like! Regular running shorts and vest, a tutu or even fancy dress outfits. We would probably draw the line at a mankini though. You will be given a white Children’s Hospice South West t-shirt when you register on the day.
The coloured foam may stain your clothing, so bring something you don’t mind getting stained. You will also want to wear something that will help protect your eyes while running through the bubble stations. If you’re bringing kids with you, consider bringing some little swim goggles for them since the bubbles will probably be taller than they are!
Unfortunately it is inevitable that, with so many cyclists, 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.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Whilst the route may pass through some nightlife spots, we have written a detailed risk assessment and implemented additional measures to ensure your safety. This has been approved by the Council and Police. Please read your Walker’s Participant Safety Brief carefully and listen to instructions marshals give you on the night. Marshals will be in communication with event organisers and first aiders during the night.
Yes, as long as you are all registered to do the abseil on the same date. Please state your preferred abseil times when you register and we will try our very best to get you abseiling in the same group.
Only the Children's Hospice South West and HM Revenue and Customs. We will not share it with anyone else.
You can make a regular gift or one-off gift to us online. Any donations you make through our website are safe and secure. We will not sell or share your data with any other organisations for fundraising or marketing purposes unless they’re working on behalf of CHSW. Thank you for your support.
Or you can send a cheque payable to ‘Children's Hospice South West’ to:
Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.
You can also call us on 01271 325 270 to donate with a credit or debit card over the phone.
Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event and includes a full Santa suit, a medal and festive treats. As this is a sponsored event we ask that you try to raise sponsorship to support the vital care Children’s Hospice South West provides.
You can create a free online fundraising page, personalise it with a photo and message and email it to friends and family; they can donate quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card. Create your page now at uk.virginmoneygiving.com and save yourself the hassle of collecting the money! We will also supply you with a sponsor form so you can do it the old fashioned way!
Yes you can. If you think your disability might make it difficult for you to volunteer, please call us on 01271 325 270 and have a chat with our HR team about your needs. We can advise on which of our opportunities are accessible to you.
You can stop or change your donation at any time by informing your payroll department. If you're stopping your donation, it would be great if you could let us know too.
If you change employer, you will need to check whether your new employer runs a Payroll Giving scheme.
- 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
Children from 0-21 years with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. We offer support for all the family.
Medical care from specialist doctors, including out of hours cover, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Our services include:
- Highly specialised clinical care
- Short breaks/respite
- Emergency care
- End of life care
- Sibling support
- Complementary therapies
- Pre and post bereavement support for all family members
- Telephone support? Is this offered? Contact/key worker support?
- Multi-sensory therapy
- Play – music and art/messy play activities
We ask volunteers to pay their own expenses as we feel as much money as possible raised should go directly to support and care for our children and families.
No. In most instances your comments should appear on the site shortly after you submit the comment. As part of the moderation process certain words are prohibited and will result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. The use of hyperlinks will also result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. In addition, if a comment is flagged by the community it may be removed from the site. CHSW reserves the right to remove any comment at anytime.
We aim to provide a home from home environment and we try and re-create whatever night routine you have at home when settling your child to bed and through the night and during your child’s stay.
A bit about family accommodation, what is provided i.e. towels, bed linen etc.
The Rainbow Run powder paint is non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable. It is technically edible, although we do not advise that you eat it as its not very tasty! If you have a skin allergy or respiratory condition we would recommend that you don’t take part or that you consult your doctor for advice.
The CHSW logo is a registered trademark and can only be used within certain guidelines, so please contact us on email@example.com before you use it on your printed materials. We have a specific version of the logo that we give to our supporters and we can supply it in whichever format you need.
Remember we can also provide posters with space to write your event details.
Please note that all images are usually copyrighted by their owners and you either require permission or must pay a fee to the image owner. Please ask us for images if you want to create a bespoke event poster and please do not "borrow" them from the internet or any other source without seeking the relevant permission from the owner.
Your printed materials/websites should include the statement:
‘All proceeds from the event will go to Children's Hospice South West’
The Children's Hospice South West registered charity number must also appear on all printed materials. This can be in small print and must appear as follows: ‘CHSW is registered charity no 1003314'.
Every week, there are 14 cash prizes on offer, ranging from £5 to the £1,000 jackpot.
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows charities to reclaim the tax on your donations. This means that every £10 donation you give under the Gift Aid scheme is worth £12.50 to CHSW - at no extra cost to you.
Well we would suggest a change of clothes and shoes as well as a towel so you can dry down after the event but it does depend how much time you spend in the foam.
Please note there is no bag drop facility at the event so please ensure you can store this in your car, or bring along a cheer squad who can look after them for you.
Unfortunately, we are not able to claim Gift Aid on any purchase you make from us. However, if you are a UK taxpayer, we can, with your permission, claim Gift Aid on any donation you make to us, or have made to us in the past four years. Please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when you make a donation to us.
Walkers in previous years begin to arrive back at the moor from 11.30pm. We expect all walkers to have completed the five mile walk by midnight.
We can accommodate people up to 18 stone in weight, but no more due to the restrictions on equipment and loads exerted, although they may need to be fitted with extra equipment for their comfort. If you have anyone wishing to take part who is heavier than 18 stone you can contact us as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of their participation.
Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to decline an individual’s participation should their build be deemed unsuitable for the activity.
You will be send confirmation of your allotted time through the post along with your fundraising pack and sponsorship forms. Please arrive at least one hour and fifteen minutes before your allocated time slot to abseil. This allows plenty of time for you to sign in, slip into your wetsuit and receive coaching from the abseil team. You will be part of a group and will be kitted up in that group by an instructor one hour before your allocated time slot, so please don’t be late.
Please let us know by contacting us in one of the following ways:
Telephone: 01271 325 270 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Write to us at: Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ
After signing up you will be sent a confirmation email with details of all your registrants. At a later date you’ll receive your fundraising pack in the post, this will contain your runner number and all the information you will need for the event.
We also like to keep in touch via email, which will have fundraising hints and tips and occasionally any last minute information changes such as route changes so please provide a valid email address when signing up!
All participants must be aged 18 - 80, unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a minimum age of 16 then applies). 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 them as requested by Ultimate Adventure Centre during their participation.
Volunteers are covered by CHSW's insurance policy while in our offices or engaged in any work on behalf of CHSW.
We're sorry you're not happy with the level of service you've received.
As a member of the Fundraising Regulator, we always aim to provide the highest level of customer service to all of our supporters.
We'd really like the opportunity to put things right. So here's what to do if you have a complaint about fundraising.
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
Children’s palliative care is an active and total approach to care, from the point of diagnosis or recognition, throughout the child’s life, death and beyond. It embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements and focuses on the enhancement of quality of life for the child or young person and support for the family. It includes the management of symptoms, provision of short breaks and care through death and bereavement. (Definition: Together for Short Lives)
Not necessarily, this will depend on what your criminal record is for and the role you are applying for. We reserve the right to make a decision on a case by case basis.
Equipment, disposable medical equipment, medicines (correctly labelled with the child’s prescription), nappies/pads and toiletries for personal use.
The paint will only be thrown in our designated Rainbow stations by trained Rainbow throwers. The paint will be aimed onto the body of the runners rather than the face to reduce the amount of paint getting into the mouth, nose and eyes.
However we recommend that you consider wearing sunglasses/goggles to protect your eyes from the colour as you will inevitably get some paint on your head/face. Runners who are not so keen to be in the direct firing line of the Rainbow throwers are recommended to stick to the inside of the running lane to receive the least amount of paint. Use the outside lane for maximum explosions of the Rainbow!
Own place refers to a runner obtaining their own place in an event (eg. purchasing your race place directly with the race organisers). And of course we would love you to use your place to run for CHSW.
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.
Thank you so much for raising money for Children’s Hospice South West, we really appreciate your support! Please send us a cheque made payable to CHSW to: Children’s Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.
It would be great if you could also let us know how you raised the money (and be sure to include your name and address so that we can send you a thank you letter!).
We love dogs but sorry we cannot allow any animals on the course.
The process is simple. All you need to do is complete download our Gift Aid Declaration Form
If you are donating online, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form. If you make a donatation to a CHSW shop, there is a simple form to complete and sign.
The marshalling of the event is extremely complex and, in order to ensure the safety of all walkers, late registration or departure will not be permitted. Please ensure you arrive by 9.30pm to sign in and have time to collect your T-shirt and drop off your candle bag.
You might want to bring snacks for the walk to keep you going; you may wish to bring a bum-bag, torch and camera. Leave valuables at home but bring a mobile phone, fully charged. There are no facilities to leave any items at the start venue. Don’t forget to bring your two walker number cards and your special candle bag.
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.
Payroll giving is a tax efficient and easy way to support us. You choose the amount you'd like to donate and then each payday, your gift will be deducted automatically from your gross salary (after National Insurance but before tax). This means the tax you would have paid on your donation is also given to Children's Hospice South West.
It’s very easy to arrange. Email your local corporate fundraiser and we'll make sure that your company operates a scheme that allows you to give to us straight from your pay. We can then notify your Payroll Department that you would like to set up a regular donation to us in this way.
If your company does not operate the scheme, then we will contact you to let you know. We can help suggest to them to get one set up.
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.
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.
Life-limiting conditions are those for which there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which children will die. Some of these conditions cause slow deterioration over time rendering the child increasingly dependent on parents and carers.
Life-threatening conditions are those for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail, such as cancer.
(Definition: Together for Short Lives)
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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.
We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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.
No. Only fill out the own place running form if you have already purchased a place from the event organisers.
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.