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.
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Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.
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!
Please ensure you know where Cantonteign Falls is located. The address is: Christow, Exeter, EX6 7RH. Please be aware that Sat Navs have been known to direct people to the wrong destination with the post code.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.
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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.
We have 8 specially adapted bedrooms at both Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Bristol. At Little Harbour in Cornwall there are 6, which ar eused for respite breaks.
At each hopsice we keep one of these bedrooms free for emergency or end of life care.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
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!
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.
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 sometimes take up toa month, but is not a difficult process and you will be given help to complete the forms if necessary.
Santas on the Run is a 2km fun run event with a difference! This event is all about making memories with your friends and family whilst raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
Cheques should be made payable to Children's Hospice South West and sent to us at:
Children's Hospice South West
Little Bridge House
Please note we do not recommend sending cash through the post.
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.
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.
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.
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Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable and non-refundable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Only the Children's Hospice South West and HM Revenue and Customs. We will not share it with anyone else.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Due to technical and vehicle support over the weekend provided by Arrowhead Management, only suitable single rider road bikes can take part.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Every week, there are 14 cash prizes on offer, ranging from £5 to the £1,000 jackpot.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Volunteers are covered by CHSW's insurance policy while engaged in any work on behalf of CHSW.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
There are two options.
You can join our lottery with a regular monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually payment straight from your bank by standing order.
You can play for a set number of weeks and pay by credit/debit card securely online.
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 love dogs but sorry we cannot allow any animals on the course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You need to remember to bring your walker number and “ I am walking in memory of…” sign along with your decorated Candle bag to hand in to our memory team. We also recommend you bring a torch and mobile phone.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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