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Our hospice teams have engaging and challenging activities for corporate teams. If you're interested in volunteering in a group as part of your company's corporate social responsibility programme, please contact your local corporate fundraiser or complete our enquiry form.

If you can not complete your run on any of these dates, complete it on any other day following this week and let us know when you have completed it!  

 

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.

Registration is from 9.30am - 10.30am.  Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, walk down to the event village and sing-in at the registration tent.

You can make a donation online, either as a single donation or a regular direct debit. 

If you don’t wish to give online, you can give a credit/debit card donation over the telephone by 01271 325 270 (Monday-Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm and Friday 9.00am-4.30pm) or please send us a cheque, made payable to Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.

BeGambleAware® is administered and funded by an independent charity GambleAware®, it provides confidential support and counselling to people aged 18 years or over affected by gambling. Visit BeGambleAware® or telephone 0808 8020 133 (local call rate from the UK).

You can choose to leave us a collection or a specific object for us to sell and use the proceeds to support our work. 

If you would like to leave a collection or a specific object to us, please do get in touch to let us know and we can talk about the options available. 

If you are taking part with your workplace, please ask everyone to register online and include your company name within the group. 

The London Marathon is one of the most popular events in the UK and there is a huge demand for places. We aim to allocate our London Marathon charity places as fairly as possible however we only have a very limited number of places available and unfortunately we are not able to guarantee a place to everyone who applies. To give yourself the best possible chance of getting a Team CHSW charity place, please sign up here and give us as much information as you can about why you would like to run for us, how much you realistically think you can fundraise and how you plan to do so.  

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.

Please read our Santas on the Run participant safety brief to ensure you are fit to take part in this event.

Unfortunately we cannot claim Gift Aid on funds raised through the lottery.

Rainbow Run is a 5k fun run event with a difference! There’s no prizes for being the first to cross the finish line, this event is all about making memories with your friends and family whilst raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
 
Along the route you can walk, jog, run or even skip your way through paint stations where marshals will shower you with bright powder paints. Creating the most amazing, vivid colour explosion you'll ever see so when you finish you'll be well and truly rainbowed!

Setting up a dedication a part of this event is optional. You are welcome to take part and remember your loved one by personalising your memory box and candle bag. However, if you decide you would still like your loved ones name/s to be a part of the live memory ceremony, please email Kiley.

We take all major debit and credit cards except American Express, and online orders can also use PayPal.

If you can't complete your run on these dates, you're welcome to do it either the week before or even the week after the 13 December. Let us know when you've completed it. For your photos to be included in the virtual competitions they must be added by the evening of Sunday 13 December. 

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. 

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.

We would love you to and it may help you raise even more money! But make sure that it wouldn’t hinder the fitting of your harness and is big enough to go over a wetsuit – please get in touch before hand so we can make sure it’s suitable.  If you do come in fancy dress, please do bring a spare change of clothes, just in case your costume isn't suitable. 

If you're attending one of our events in person you will receive a medal at the finish line. 

If you're taking part virtually, we'll be sending a medal to each person in your group when the suggested minimum sponsorship of £15 is raised for the number you have registered.  

Visit our fundraising ideas section with lots of seasonal sponsorship ideas. Your medal will be sent in the weeks following the Santa weekend! 

Please email enquiries@chsw.org.uk or call us on 01271 325 270.  Tell us your name and the time, date and value of your donation, and we’ll be able to help. 

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.

You can bring your sponsorship on the day, pay it in via our online donation form or send a cheque with your sponsorship forms to one of our hospices: 

Rainbow Run Cornwall and Virtual

Little Harbour, Porthpean Road, Porthpean, St Austell, PL26 6AZ 

Rainbow Run Devon

Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, EX31 2PZ  

Should you need to change your start time please email Kiley and we will see what we can do! 

Please note, we will only open the next start time wave depending on demand, so should you wish to join a later start time please check with us that there is a race at that time before turning up. 

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

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

Your accommodation for Thursday night is not included in the registration fee.

If you pay a lower rate (10 per cent or 20 per cent), Children's Hospice South West can still claim back 25p for each £1 you donate, provided you pay enough tax to cover the claim in the tax year you make the gift(s).

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! 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.

Entry fees are non-refundable or transferable. Should CHSW have cause to cancel the event, participants will be notified and a refund of registration fee offered – or you'll be offered a place in an alternative CHSW event. 

We do have a plan to keep the fun going in the event of rain but should the event need to be re-scheduled due to heavy wind/rain your registration fee will be transferred to the new date. You can request a refund of your registration fee if the new date is not convenient for you. 

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.

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.

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.

Group sizes range from 12 – 30 depending on the challenge. You will come across a wide mix of people on an event like this, and you are likely to make some life-long friends. All ages take part and from all backgrounds.

Volunteering with Children's Hospice South West is a great way to:

  • boost your CV
  • learn new skills and put existing talents to use
  • get involved in your local community
  • make a difference to someone's quality of life
  • increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • meet new people

We’ll do our best to let you get involved as much as you'd like, and hope you have fun along the way!

You'll find the links to the pre-recorded warm-up on our Be Incredible Facebook group. Please join the page to upload your photos and videos to enter our competitions too! But let us know if you don't have access to Facebook and we'll send you the links.  

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.

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

Once you've signed up, you'll be sent a confirmation email.  Following your registration you'll receive your welcome pack by email with the links and information you need about the event.  From September, we'll post your memory pack which will also contain your walker number and everything else you'll need for the evening (except your T-shirt which you'll collect on the night).

It is important the Raise a simle Lottery and CHSW Raffle are a fun way to support CHSW, but that they never have a detrimental effect. CHSW is committed to ensuring the Lottery and Raffle are operated in a secure, fair and socially responsible way. For more information please read our Social responsibility in gambling Guide.

We will provide any training that is necessary.

No! Anyone of any age can be registered, even the dog because you are completing the event in your own time, at your own pace, on your own terms.  

We ask that you pay in your full fundraising amount within one month of your event.

Please let us know if you are not going to be able to pay in your money on time for any reason.

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

Unfortunately if the back marshal has already departed you will be unable to take part in the run for health and safety reasons. So please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register and get into your Santa suit! 

Based on 2019/20 financial year, the likelihood of winning the guaranteed weekly First Prize of £1,000 is one in 13,414. The chances of winning any of the other 13 prizes in a draw is one in 958.

Due to the amount of paint used at the paint stations only children aged over 5 years can take part in this event. All children aged 15 and under must have a participating adult also register to run with them. If you have younger children, they must remain in the event village with another adult or guardian. 

If you are taking part virtually, you can get the whole family involved in Rainbow Run! 

A dedication is where you can add the name and a photo of loved ones you are remembering. You can also leave a special message for them. This is free to do and we welcome you to set up more than one dedication in memory of more than one person. 

Set up your dedication

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.

You need to join the Santas on the Run Facebook group

If you want to warm up, please watch one of our pre-recorded festive warm ups – there will be links in the Facebook group over the weekend and you'll be able to find them on our website.

When you get back from your run there will also be a special story being read by our resident elf that you and your children can watch by clicking on the link on the event page.

Go back to Santas on the Run

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.

Yes. All you have to do to stop or change your donation is to directly notify your payroll department.

Of course, we would love to welcome your support team for the day. There will be a reduced charge of £4 for non participants for access to the falls. Canonteign Falls is described as a hidden gem and one of the most idyllic places to see and explore with children. Perfect for outdoor adventure, the children's play area and children’s assault course will keep the little ones happy, and the lakeside restaurant, snack bar and gift shop are worth a visit after your thrilling descent!  Remind them to take waterproofs so they do not get wet as they watch!

If you're taking part with colleagues from your work place, please sign up using the online registration form and include your company name within the group. You can add your work colleagues' names here or alternatively email Kiley.

You can set up a regular gift online.  If you have any problems please call us on 01271 325 270.

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.

You can bring your sponsorship on the day, pay it in via our online donation form or send a cheque with your sponsorship forms to one of our hospices: 

Rainbow Run Cornwall and Virtual

Little Harbour, Porthpean Road, Porthpean, St Austell, PL26 6AZ 

Rainbow Run Devon

Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, EX31 2PZ  

Children over the age of 5 will love this event. They are allowed to come as long as they are participating with an adult and have the option However you must hold their hand or with younger ones carry them as you go through the foam at each Bubble Station. 

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.

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.

Your accommodation for Thursday night is not included in the registration fee.

If you pay a lower rate (10 per cent or 20 per cent), Children's Hospice South West can still claim back 25p for each £1 you donate, provided you pay enough tax to cover the claim in the tax year you make the gift(s).

CHSW work in partnership with third party providers 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, absolutely! We needs lots of volunteers to make the event safe and fun, to find out more look at our event volunteer opportunities

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

Rainbow Run Cornwall

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on site at RAf St Mawgan and you will be asked to return home if you do bring a dog with you. 

Rainbow Run Devon

Dogs are permitted in the event village but not a part of the race.

As a charity we receive less than 16% of our funding from government and statutory organisations.

Required fitness levels depend on the trip you are taking part in and your current level of fitness. These trips are not targeted at experienced trekkers, so we will have people of all abilities on the event. We do advise that everyone should train for the event, as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy yourself. We also advise people to go at their own pace on the event – it is not a race, and the idea is to enjoy yourself.

With our college partner we are able to offer NVQ units in Retail Skills and Customer Service through our shops. Contact your local CHSW shop manager or find out about NVQs at CHSW Shops.

Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle is a fun 2k run, walk, or jog at either the Eden Project in Cornwall, RHS Rosemoor in Devon, Ashton Gate in Bristol or alternatively you can choose to create your own 2k  route and take part virtually. This year we will not be providing Santa suits but we are letting you decide if you want to twinkle in tinsel, rock it like Rudolph or sleigh it like Santa - dress up in your festive gear and complete a challenge of your choice all whilst raising seasonal smiles for children and families that are supported by our three hospices. 

Create your own festive route and walk, jog, run or even cycle your way around dressed in festive gear in the most inventive way you can. See the full list of ideas.

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.

Yes, of course! The route takes place on paths, which are in places narrow and uphill so you may require assistance. One named carer will be welcomed to join you to provide assistance on the night. Please call Little Harbour fundraising office on 01726 871 800 to discuss further. 

It is important the Raise a simle Lottery and CHSW Raffle are a fun way to support CHSW, but that they never have a detrimental effect. CHSW is committed to ensuring the Lottery and Raffle are operated in a secure, fair and socially responsible way. For more information please read our Social responsibility in gambling Guide.

This will depend on the role you are taking on, but most volunteers will be asked for at least two reliable references. For certain roles that involve working on our hospice sites you will need a DBS check (formerly CRB), which we will organise for you.

Unfortunately, some of our emails can end up in your junk inbox- please check this first. If you still have not received either your confirmation email or fundraising pack email please email Kate and she will check your registration was successful. If you sign up over a weekend, please note you will not receive your fundraising pack email until the next working day.

We ask that you pay in your full fundraising amount within one month of your event.

Please let us know if you are not going to be able to pay in your money on time for any reason.

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.

The British weather is notoriously unpredictable so keep an eye on the forecast and bring waterproofs if it’s looking dodgy as the Santa suits are not waterproof!

The prize fund for each weekly draw is £1,425. This is made up of 14 guaranteed prizes totalling £1,225 and a £200 rollover prize which if not won, roll over to the next draw.

The guaranteed weekly prizes are first prize: £1,000, second prize: Bonus Rollover which could reach £10,000, third prize: £100, 2 prize of £25, 5 prizes of £10 and 5 prizes of £5

Due to the amount of paint used at the paint stations only children aged over 5 years can take part in this event. All children aged 15 and under must have a participating adult also register to run with them. If you have younger children, they must remain in the event village with another adult or guardian. 

If you are taking part virtually, you can get the whole family involved in Rainbow Run! 

Of course - you'll have a link to share with friends and family members to view the dedication via the Moonlight Memory Walk webpage. They can then make a donation. 

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

Just add your photos or videos to the Facebook group over the weekend - it's that simple. We'll announce the winners in the week following the event and let you know your prizes! 

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.

Your Payroll Giving donation automatically stops when you leave your job. It's easy to start giving through the scheme again. Simply contact the payroll department at your new workplace.

After signing-in on the day, you will be  taken over as a group to go through an abseil demo - a chance for you to have a go on a grass slope first and have a few practices with an instructor on hand who provides coaching and helps deal with any questions that you might have. So there is no need to worry about previous experience. Even if you let go of the abseil rope during the abseil an instructor at the top will have you on a separate safety rope so you are completely safe throughout your challenge.

There will be around five staff on the day to help you with your abseil including an instructor half way down the abseil to encourage you down and to take action shot photos of you and another instructor at the bottom of the abseil as a friendly face to greet and help you sort out your kit.

You are very well looked after throughout the event and there is plenty of time to have practice abseiling and enjoy the wonderful grounds in which the event is staged.

No! Anyone of any age can take part, however anyone under the age of 16 must take part with a participating adult, and must remain with them throughout the duration of the run. 

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.

Yes.  Please bring your coin collection cards and sponsorship in an envelope with your name and runner numbers written on the front. Please hand this in at participant sign in. 

 

We want everyone to have the maximum bubbly fun possible so here are a few things to take into account to make sure your children have 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 child’s face after running through each bubble and paint station. Also it's a good idea to dry their hands, before those soapy suds make it to their eyes. 
  • We also recommend children use bandanas or similar wrapped around their mouths to make sure they don’t eat too many bubbles 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. 
  • The bubbles can become very high so we recommend that small children are lifted through the bubbles so they do not get lost amongst the foam and foam is not inhaled. 

Please email our enquiries team or phone us on 01271 325 270 with your name and address and we will remove you from our mailing list.

You can also register your details with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) or the Mail Preference Service (MPS). You can find out more about these services on our Privacy policy page.

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

Unfortunately, your place is non-transferable. If you cannot now take part please let us know.

If you normally make donations via CAF, tax has already been reclaimed. However, please fill in the declaration anyway so that any separate donations you might make are tax effective as well.

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 JustGiving 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!

Send us your questions to Kiley and we'll be back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

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

Unfortunately, we're unable to transfer your place and registration fees are non-refundable. Upon evidence of a positive Covid test we will transfer your place to 2023 if you provide evidence via email by Friday 24 June 2022.

If you're unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Little Harbour on 01726 871 800 or Little Bridge House on 01271 325 270, and upon the discretion of the fundraising manager, a refund will be made minus the deduction of a £5 admin fee. 

Please see our full terms and conditions regarding date or venue changes made by CHSW due to circumstances outside of our control. 

We welcome referrals from family members whose child has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, or professionals. With your families permission we will then contact your professional support team (GP, consultants, key workers etc) to gather up-to-date information about your child's current needs and likely future prognosis. To make a referral please contact us.