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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!

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. 

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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. 

CHSW is unable to support individuals requiring visas to volunteer in the UK as we do not have a sponsorship licence.

The process is simple. All you need to do is download and complete 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.  

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.

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).

  • 500m - £15 (plus £25 minimum sponsorship)
  • 1000m - £20 (plus £40 minimum sponsorship)

Please let us know by contacting us in one of the following ways:

Email: enquiries@chsw.org.uk
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

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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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It is not a race! The route will approximately take 1.5 hours to 2 hours to complete. There will be front walking marshals that will set the pace but they must not be passed by any participants for strict health and safety reasons

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

CHSW and its recycling partners can help turn mobile phones, gadgets and computers into money - to go towards supporting our work.  Find out more on how and what to recycle with CHSW.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The majority of UK visas allow people to volunteer, although there may be restrictions to the number of hours you can volunteer. If you are unsure if your visa allows you to volunteer we recommend you contact the UK Border Agency. We may request verification of this.  Please note that Tourist/ Visitor visas and Student Visitor visas (usually students visiting for six months or less) do not allow people to volunteer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The race pack containing your race number will be sent by the event organisers. Please visit the FAQs section on the event organiser’s website for more details. We'll send a separate race pack containing your CHSW running vest, if you have given us your size. 

You can donate your sponsorship in the following ways:

By Post: Send your sponsor forms along with a cheque to little Harbour, Porthpean Road, Porthpean, PL26 6AZ

Via the CHSW website:

Add it to your online giving page: if you have set up an online giving page the money is automatically transferred to CHSW. You can add any offline sponsorship to your online page.

Yes, you can reserve a DVD of your jump for £140; photographs for £140; or a DVD and photograph package for £185.

All our services are completely free to families who are referred to us.

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.

Yes!

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.

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.

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.

You will need to be 18 years at the time of the event to be able to take part.

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

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

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.

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.

There will be a safety briefing at 10.45am which all swimmers MUST attend.  Please be ready with your wetsuit on!

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

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You can raffle tickets online when the draw is open or you can request tickets by post. For CHSW raffle rules please read our terms and conditions.

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! 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Unfortunately, we're only a small team and can't get to every event our supporters take part in. If we're attending the event, we'll let you know where we'll be on the day, six weeks before event day. Your friends and family are welcome to join us! 

This has previously been a ladies’ only event.  For the 10th anniversary Moonlight Memory Walk we are inviting men to join in our memory walk, too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can collect your suit on the day of the event. Your fundraising pack will give details on when registration opens at your event.

Alternatively, if you are attending the Bristol event, you can attend a Charlton Farm open day and collect your suit then. Visit our hospice open days page for more information on how to book a place.

No. There is no hypnotism involved. You will be fully awake at all times – indeed you will be more alert than usual. You may also withdraw at any time if you wish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

Opportunities include:

  • administration
  • shops
  • catering/housekeeping
  • complementary therapies
  • creative art activities
  • driving
  • events and fundraising
  • flower arranging and gardening
  • maintenance/decorating
  • public speaking/ambassador
  • reception
  • telephone support

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  • 1st Prize – £4,000
  • 2nd Prize – £750
  • 3rd Prize – £250

For CHSW raffle rules, please see our terms and conditions.

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.

Yes you can! There are two ways to do this, either by donating all of the money raised to us, or by donating proceeds or a percentage. Either way, please contact your local community fundraising team.

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.

Every week, there are 14 cash prizes on offer, ranging from £5 to the £1,000 jackpot.

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

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. 

Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event and includes a purple t shirt and a medal, a pasty and a goody bag as a thank you for taking part. As this is a charity event we ask that you raise sponsorship to support the vital care that Children’s Hospice South West provides.

A tandem skydive is an easy and enjoyable way to experience the thrills of skydiving.  Once aboard the aircraft, you will be securely harnessed to your Instructor as you ride up to your chosen altitude.  The aircraft takes approximately 10 minutes to climb to 15,000ft, giving you time to take in the views.  Once at altitude, you will get the green light for GO! 

During freefall, you will experience speeds of approximately 120mph for up to a minute, falling around 2 miles.  As the canopy opens, you will be aware of the sudden tranquillity as your speed dramatically decreases.  This allows you to talk with your Instructor, take in the expansive scenery during the 5 minute parachute ride, and land safely after helping your Instructor to steer the parachute around the sky before gliding back to the airfield.

Most referrals come from health or social care professionals, but anyone can refer a child or young person.

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. 

Yes – if you pay UK income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the amount we can claim back from HMRC.  Find out more about Gift Aid.

Dogs are welcome to join in at Bristol Harbourside, although we do not supply canine Santa suits, so feel free to get creative! Dogs are allowed into the Eden Project, but are not permitted to take part in the event and will need to remain with family or friends who are spectating during the race. Please keep them on their tinsel covered leads at all times. Dogs are not permitted into RHS Garden Rosemoor. 

We have a minimum age of 16 years for this event. If aged between 16-18 you will require a parent or guardian to sign a consent form.

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.

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.

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.

If appropriate, talk to your supervisor, manager or HR team to suggest that they set one up. It’s simple to get it in place. Or please get in touch with your local corporate fundraiser. We are happy to speak to them to suggest that they introduce one.

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
  • For the 500m you will need to be aged between 12 – 16
  • For the 1000m you will need to be a minimum age of 14