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

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.

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.

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.

Parking is available at the finish at Hartland Quay. We will be operating a courtesy shuttle bus service to the start of the walk. Please ensure you are parked on time to catch the shuttle as there is only one shuttle service leaving Hartland Quay at 7.30am

We are not offering a shuttle if you park at the start line. 

Dogs are not permitted on the shuttle bus.

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.

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.

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%.

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 Adventure Cafe, 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.

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!).

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 deliver to mainland UK and BPFO only.

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.

We suggest that the best way to complete the obstacle inflatables is to crawl across them to avoid falling and breaking any bones or twisting little ankles. There will be marshals at each inflatable to ensure all participants are crossing the inflatables safely and to stagger the number of participants on the inflatable at any one time. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely! If you would like us to send you your Rainbow Run bib in the post, please email Jo and let us know how many you require!

 

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.

We ask that you raise a minimum of £395 to ‘jump for free’.

A £50 non-refundable deposit, payable direct to Skydive Buzz, will secure your place.

When you arrive at the airfield on the day of your skydive, you will need the pay the £200 balance of the cost of you jump direct to Skydive Buzz.

The remaining £145 and anything you raise over this amount will go to Children’s Hospice South West.

If you raise all of your sponsorship via an online page, including your £200 balance, CHSW can arrange for Skydive Buzz to invoice them for this amount – providing you have raised the minimum amount of £395

Don’t’ forget – you can choose to raise more than the minimum amount! The sky is the limit!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

There is no strenuous physical exercise involved. If you can walk normally then you should manage the Firewalk perfectly well. If you have any doubts please consult your GP before attending.

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

  • 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

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

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

Yes, CHSW staff will be available at all check points including the start, finish and lunch stops. Volunteers will be on the route to cheer you along.

Medical assistance will be available throughout the duration of the event.

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

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

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!

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.

The Colour Craze is a brand new fun 5k that you can walk, jog or run! It is not about speed, it’s about having fun and enjoying becoming a kaleidoscope of colour! 

Participants run or walk the course which will comprise of two Bubble Stations each with a different coloured foam, two multi coloured paint stations and six different shaped inflatables. When you reach the bubble station the Bubble Commandos will spray copious amounts of foam at you, when you reach the paint stations, paint throwers will shower you in an array of coloured powder! To make the course eve more fun, you will have to scramble your way through six different inflatable obstacles! 

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

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.

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.

Just remember that the foam is water based so if you stay in foam too long your devices will get wet. It’s a good idea to take some precautions to protect your device, or leave this with your cheer squad. 

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.

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

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

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.

Of course! Please call our Little Harbour hospice on 01726 871 800 and we will help you get this up and running.

 

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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. 

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

Creating a Virgin Money Giving page is quick and easy – take a look at their step by step guides.

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 event is organised by CHSW and Paul Boddington UX2, who is appointed to arrange all operational aspects of the walk (including route planning and health and safety).

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.

Unfortunately it is inevitable that, with so many runners, some people will get injured in training for a race. What happens next depends on how you got your place and what race you are doing.

If you are using your 'own place' to run for CHSW (i.e. you obtained it directly from the organisers of that race) you simply need to let them know you can no longer take part. They will decide whether you can defer your place to the following year. We'd also appreciate it if you could let us know so we know how many runners to expect on the day.

If you have a guaranteed charity place, which you obtained by paying a registration fee with CHSW, then you must let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to take part in your event. We cannot automatically defer your place to next year's event, and all registration fees are non-refundable. 

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.

The course is a 2.5K circular route and you will have the option to complete the course once or twice to get double the explosion of colour to complete a full 5k! 

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.

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.

You should receive all your purchases within fourteen working days of placing your order. Working days are Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

If you have not received your order and it is after the expected date of arrival (allowing a couple of days for postal delays) then please contact us so we can look into this for you and, if appropriate, send a replacement. We can change the delivery address of any replacements if required.

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

Well there’s lots going on after you pick up your medal. Hang around and soak up the atmosphere and watch your fellow Colour Crazers! 

There will be a DJ entertaining you with music and food stalls to refuel after your energetic run and even more bouncy castles and stalls to keep you and the children entertained! 

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

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.

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.

The paint is 100% natural and water-soluble and will not cause any damage to the environment. However, we still put in a clean-up team to remove the paint on the ground after the event.

No! You can choose to run, skip, jog, hop, ride, walk… however you choose. You can also choose whichever distance you decide is best for you and your family.

 

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.

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

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!

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 90 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely! Whatever event you are taking part in we would love you to join Team CHSW. Phone your local hospice or email event@chsw.org.uk and we'll send you a fundraising pack and CHSW running top.

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.

There will be toilet facilities available at the start The Bush Inn and at the finish line at Hartland Quay. In between these points you will need to find an appropriate area off the trail. Please bring a small amount of toilet paper with you and ensure you remove all litter afterwards. Nappy sacks are great for carrying toilet paper and other refuse. 

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.

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.  

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.

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. You can walk, jog or run it! 

Once you have signed up, you will be sent a confirmation email.   In due course you’ll receive your fundraising pack in the post which will contain your walker number and everything else you will need for the evenin (except your T-shirt which you will collect on the night).

We will also keep in touch with you via email to offer fundraising ideas, tips and any other information about the event. Please ensure you provide a valid email address when you register.

Join the Moonlight Memory Walk Facebook page to keep up to date with any announcements and meet other walkers who are taking part in the event.

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.

Worldpay will not accept any postcodes that do not contain a space. Please enter a space in the correct place in your postcode.

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.

There will be a cleaning station at the finish line with brushes and wet wipes to remove excess powder paint and foam from. There aren’t any changing facilities on site, but we recommend having a towel and change of clothes ready in your car on hand before you journey home! 

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! 

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.

Long-term donations enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most, so we can be there for as many families as possible.

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 helping us make the most of short and precious lives.

Make a donation.

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 can decide to compete the 5k where you feel it will be most fun! You could complete it around your own home or garden or whilst out on your daily exercise - it is 5k your way!

All we ask is that you ensure you complete it in line with Government guidelines and in a space that allows you to adhere to social distancing of 2 metres away from others outside of your household.

 

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

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.