Donate Refer

There are people out on the water in kayaks, providing safety support.

Yes, you can.  You can do this by donating online and entering the name of the person you’re giving in memory of in the ‘reason for donation’ field.

Or you can send a cheque payable to 'Children's Hospice South West' with a covering letter telling us who you're donating in honour of. 

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

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!

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

10 miles taking between 5 to 8 hours.

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.

 

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.

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.

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

There will be check points on route offering snacks and water so you can re-fill your water bottles. This is in addition to your own snacks and packed lunch. 

500m

This is an inclusive event aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in the stunning location of Roadford Lake. To take part in the 500m you must be a competent swimmer and be able to swim 500m in a swimming pool in under 15 minutes.

1000m

This is an inclusive event aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in the stunning location of Roadford Lake. To take part in the 1000m you must be a competent swimmer and be able to swim 1000m in a swimming pool in under 30 minutes.

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.

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. Only fill out the own place running form if you have already purchased a place from the event organisers.

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.

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!

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.

We would always advise that you order using credit/debit card or Paypal via our secure website, as prices and stock availability may change in the time it takes for us to receive and clear funds from your cheque. If cheque or postal order is your only method of payment however we would be delighted to accept your order.

Please ensure order requests contain your full name, delivery address and a contact telephone number in case there are any problems fulfilling your order, and send this along with a cheque made payable to Children's Hospice South West to the following address:  CHSW, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.

The current selling price of items will be applied to your order based on the date payment is received.

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.

Unfortunately, if the back marshal has already left the Moor you will be unable to take part in the walk for health and safety reasons. Please ensure you arrive by 9.15pm at the very latest to sign in and collect your T-shirt.

No, adults can only do the 500m swim if they are accompanying a child as part of the family swim.

Yes! You can read our most recent Annual Report and Impact Review, which is accessible in our Publications section.

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.

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.

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.

This is a 10 mile route with significant total ascent and descent and challenging terrain.

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.

  • 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

No. Our Trustees govern the Charity on a voluntary basis.   Read more about our Board of Trustees.

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

The South West Coast Path is a great place to take your dog for a walk. They are permitted on the entire path, and providing that you look after them in a responsible way to avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife or causing a nuisance to other walkers, you will be welcomed. No liability will be taken on by CHSW or the event organisers.

Yes, but only if you submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event.

If you choose to increase your distance you will have to pay the difference in entry fee. If you drop down in distance you will only receive a refund of the difference if you submit your request at least one month in advance.

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

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

The CHSW website uses an external service called Disqus for the technical management and publication of comments.

Disqus is a web discussion platform with Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality. The Disqus service bears sole responsibility for identifying users and publishing comments.  

For more information concerning the Disqus service’s terms of use (including the policies and procedures regarding the collection of users’ personally identifiable data), please read their privacy policy.

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.

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

No. We gratefully receive any sponsorship our own place runners collect. No matter how small you think this amount may be, it will go a long way to help support our work.

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

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.  

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

We sell Wedding Favours so you can show your support on your special day (or any other occasion), CHSW can supply donation cards to share the news with your guests about your donation. Adding the CHSW pin also provides an ideal party favour. Find out more about our wedding favours

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.

Please read our Moonlight Memory Walk participant safety brief to ensure you are fit to take part in this event and conditions of walking on the evening.

The participants will undergo training of around one hour.

When the fire has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. Participants go to the fire, remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk the coals.

To say “yes” to Gift Aid you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and /or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference. 

Gift Aid is equal to 25% of your donation. For example: If you donate £10 and say “yes” to Gift Aid, we can claim £2.50 from the Government. You will need to pay more than £2.50 in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year.

We will also need your full name and home address or we cannot claim Gift Aid.  Find out more about Gift Aid.

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, you can donate to as many causes as you like as long as they are charities registered in the UK but with only one deduction in your pay.

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.

The minimum age to take part in this event is 14 however children aged between 14-17 can only take part if accompanied by a participating adult who is 18 or over.

Our Santa on the Run event is open to all ages. Children aged 2 years and under are free to take part. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a participating adult.

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

Absolutely. Getting your company involved in fundraising is a brilliant way to motivate your workforce as staff members across all levels can work towards a common positive goal. CHSW runs a very successful Charity of the Year (COTY) programme, as well as a Give as You Earn scheme

We have three hospices along with more than 30 shops across the South West.  Take a look at our volunteer opportunities page to search for roles local to you.

You are signing up to complete your own DIY virtual fundraising event, so the challenge can be as long or short as you wish.

No, all participants in these two distances must wear a wetsuit.

You can buy tickets for yourself or you can sell them to friends, family and people at work, but it is illegal to sell them door to door.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

Yes you can!  Just take a look at our YouTube channel where you'll find lots of short films to help you highlight and promote our work and your fundraising.

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.

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.

If you are concerned that this might happen, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer help and guidance. Give your local community fundraiser a call and we'll try and help you avoid this. Our fundraising ideas page and your fundraising pack will give you lots of great ideas on how to reach your target.

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.

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!).

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.

We deliver to mainland UK and BPFO only.

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. 

You need to arrive between 8.00pm and 9.15pm at the latest to give you enough time to sign in, hand in your candle bag and collect your T-shirt. There will be music and entertainment throughout the evening. The memory ceremony will begin at 9.30pm prompt and the walk will leave The Moor at 10.00pm on the dot.

No. The fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red hot. We can often measure the temperature at around 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. You will have bare feet, and they will not have been treated in any way.

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

Have a look at our training page for advice and information on getting ready for the Ride for Precious Lives. By training hard you will be sure you’re ready for the challenge ahead! 

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.

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

The Bush Inn, Crosstown, Morwenstow, Bude EX23 9SR.

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!

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 you are interested in being part of our team check out our job and volunteering page for more information. You can apply by downloading an application form from our website.

If a role requires a specific commitment, we’ll always let you know first. Otherwise you can give us as much or as little time as you like.

A morning or an afternoon, whatever you can give we really appreicate. But if you only have an hour to spare, we'll be just as grateful.

As a virtual walker, you are most welcome to complete your own challenge and then join us on the event day at Hartland Quay from 2.00pm, walking 1.5 miles to Hartland Abbey together. You can then personally collect your finishers medal and enjoy the finish line celebrations!

Just let us know when you sign up, or contact jayne.jarrett@chsw.org.uk to book your place.

You will receive a print out of results as you finish the race. Otherwise they will be available on line after race day.

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.

You can download a sponsor form from our fundraising tools page.

Of course you can. Your Will is your document and you can include, exclude, add or remove whoever you wish. If you change your mind or if your personal circumstances change, you are free to change your Will as many times as you wish. You don’t need to let us know either; it is entirely your choice.

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

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!

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.

We have eight specially adapted bedrooms at both Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Bristol. At Little Harbour in Cornwall there are six, which are used for respite breaks.

At each hopsice we keep one of these bedrooms free for emergency or end of life care.

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.

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.

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.

The sensation is described by some as walking on eggshells, others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. I have not known walkers to experience pain, indeed when the opportunity arises many will walk across the coals more than once.

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

Your bike will be your best friend during the three long days of cycling - we strongly advise that you use a road bike as they will help you go faster and will be more comfortable. When choosing which bike to use remember the terrain, you may wish to leave the carbon wheels at home! Due to technical and vehicle support over the weekend provided by Arrowhead Management, only suitable single rider road bikes can take part. You can complete the ride on a hybrid or mountain bike but these will be slower and you must have slick road tyres and inflate them to the highest possible pressure. Electric bikes are not permitted.

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.

You pay these taxes if:

  •     Income Tax is taken from your wages or salary before you receive your pay
  •     you pay tax after filling in a self-assessment form each year
  •     you have any taxable savings (in a Building Society, for instance), or a pension plan, or investment income
  •     you have paid any Capital Gains Tax, on the sale of a property or some shares, for example.

Inheritance Tax, Council Tax and VAT do not count as Income or Capital Gains Tax.

Hartland Quay Hotel, Stoke, EX39 6DU.

Santas on the Run Bristol 

1.00pm.

Santas on the Run Eden Project 

11.00am and 2.00pm 

Santas on the Run RHS Rosemoor

12.30pm


Please turn up one hour before your start time to register, pick up your Santa Suit and enjoy the event village  and warm up!

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

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