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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.

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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.

Registration will open 11.30am

Yes! We have specially trained volunteer speakers who give talks and assemblies about the work that we do. You can request a speaker by contacting your local community fundraising team.

Availability of speakers varies, so please do get in touch at least three weeks before your event so we can do our best to send someone along. If there’s no one available to attend we can send films about our work instead.

You cannot change the logo in any way and you must ensure that you represent CHSW correctly. Commercial organisations are not permitted to use the CHSW name or logo without our prior written consent.  Please contact your local community fundraiser in the first instance. 

Of course, we would love to welcome support for your team on the day. If you contact The Ultimate Adventure Centre in advance they can tell you of other activities available for the family throughout the day at additional cost.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

You can make a regular gift or one-off gift to us online.  Any donations you make through our website are safe and secure. We will not sell or share your data with any other organisations for fundraising or marketing purposes unless they’re working on behalf of CHSW. Thank you for your support. 

Or you can send a cheque payable to ‘Children's Hospice South West’ to:

Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ. 

You can also call us on 01271 325 270 to donate with a credit or debit card over the phone.

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

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

The purchaser's name and full address need to be clearly written. If you buy tickets for yourself, you can use the sticky labels we provide for convenience. It's useful to add a daytime phone number too, as we always try to contact winners by telephone first.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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.

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

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.

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

Should you need to change your start time please email bubble.lh@chsw.org.uk for our Plymouth event and bubble.lbh@chsw.org.uk for our Barnstaple event 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.

We suggest you wear a suitable pair of walking boots or shoes, bring a waterproof jacket in case of rain, plenty of water to keep you going on the route, and any snacks you may need. Please feel free to bring a picnic to eat after the walk.

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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.

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

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.

There will briefing for each distance approx. 15 minutes before the start time of the distance.

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

We are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families from the South West.  We couldn't continue this work without you.  Read some inspiring stories to see the life-changing impact of our work.  Thank you again for your support.

We ask that you arrive 45 minutes before your activity start time. This is so that we can get you registered and ready to begin your activity on time. We cannot guarantee participation if you arrive after your session start time.

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

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

You can set up a team fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving following the steps on their website. We recommend that you set up an individual page which links to this team page so we can clearly identify any funds that have been raised on your behalf. 

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

If you have not done any exercise for some time we recommend you visit your doctor before starting your training. Our tour operators provide training guidelines when you sign up.

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.

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

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

Every ticket is entered individually and has an equal chance of winning, so we do need the purchaser's details on each ticket stub please.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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.

Unfortunately we are unable to transfer your place, and registration fees are non-refundable.*

*Should the event date be changed; your registration will be automatically transferred to the new date, or a refund offered on request. If you are unable to take part due to extenuating circumstances, on authorisation by the Fundraising Manager, CHSW will refund any monies relating to your registration fee, after a deduction of a £5 admin fee. Any documentation sent to you (i.e. running number) must be returned before the refund is processed.

In the unlikely event that CHSW has to cancel the event, all participants will automatically be refunded their registration fees, and any sponsorship money received by CHSW can be refunded on the request of the sponsor.

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.

The lottery terms and conditions are a list of rules we adhere to, to ensure you are completely clear about the terms of your entry of our lottery. You can find the terms and conditions on our website or you can telephone the lottery hotline on 08456 888 911.  

Our lottery hotline is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.00am - 4.30pm.  At all other times please leave a message on our answerphone. 

If you run or dance long enough then you be dry in no time. There are not any changing facilities on site, but we recommend having a towel and change of clothes on hand before your journey home!

There will be no facilities of this nature so please arrive with limited personal belongings. CHSW cannot accept responsibility for any belongings left unattended.

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We offer short breaks away for the whole family, for respite and relaxation. Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters can all come and stay at our hospices.

We provide one-to-one specialist care for the sick child. This allows the family the chance to have a break away from the worries of caring, and to be together as a family. In this respect, what we provide is completely unlike any other care available.

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.

Although basic rate tax is currently 20 per cent, the donation for £1 is treated as the net after tax from £1.25 (£1.25 minus 20 per cent is approximately £1). The Children's Hospice South West get back the 25 pence.

Absolutely! If it’s a staff fundraiser you’re planning, register your event and have a look at our fundraising ideas page for inspiration!

If your company would like to get involved in other ways or you would like to donate a percentage of sales of a product towards our work, get in touch with Corporate Fundraising Team.

You can find Children’s Hospice South West on virginmoneygiving.com. Check out our tips on setting up your online fundraising page.

There are changing, storage facilities and toilets on site at the Ultimate Adventure Centre.

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.

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.

Unfortunately it is inevitable that, with so many cyclists, 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. 

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.

We will provide you with a kit list when you sign up.

We understand that you may want to leave a gift to a project close to your heart - and you're entitled to do this. However, we encourage gifts left to us to be unrestricted. We're then free to use the money where it is most needed at the time.

Yes, you can. You can give make a donation online.

You can also call us on 01271 325 270 to donate using a credit or debit card.

Yes of course! If you are in any doubt as to whether the route will be suitable please do get in touch. A named carer can also assist a disabled entrant for free, please call your local fundraising office to register their details.

Please return your tickets to Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ.

When returning tickets, please remember to:

  • Make sure all ticket stubs are correctly filled in
  • Make your cheque or postal order for the total amount payable to "CHSW"
  • Complete your reply slip and enclose it with your cheque or postal order and ticket stubs in the reply envelope provided.

In the UK, inheritance tax is currently paid to the government at a rate of 40% if your estate is worth more than £325,000. However, the rate might be reduced to 36% if 10% or more of your estate is left to charity.

Most gifts left to Children's Hospice South West are exempt from inheritance tax because we are a charity. You can find out more by contacting HMRC or a solicitor.

Yes! We allocate any children a different colour so our paint throwers know to adapt their paint throwing style to suit a younger audience, to make it safe and fun for everyone. On the day, please start in the coloured group matching the colour of your youngest team member.

You can donate through Payroll Giving:

  • if you are paid by an employer
  • if you have PAYE deducted from your pay, and
  • if your employer has set up a Payroll Giving scheme.

Your payroll department will be able to tell you if your employer has signed up. 

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us at 08456 888 911.  Our lottery hotline is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.00am - 4.30pm.  At all other times please leave a message on our answerphone.  

You can send us an email at lottery@chsw.org.uk and we will endeavour to answer any queries you may have. For further details see our complaints procedure.

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. 

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

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Families are advised on how and when they are able to book hospice stays. In addition to planned respite nights, emergency stays can be arranged. These are organised on an “as needed” basis.

The way families use their respite stays is determined to suit their personal circumstances, we aim to be as flexible as possible in responding to needs. Some families prefer long visits while others might choose a weekend every few months. We hope each family would feel free to discuss their individual needs with us.

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.

Then, unfortunately, you are not able to make a Gift Aid declaration. If you want us to make a note of this on your records, please let us know by contacting us in one of the following ways:

Email: enquiries@chsw.org.uk
Telephone: 01271 325 270 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm)
Write to us at: Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ

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

You will need a licence from your local authority for an event that includes any of the following activites:

  • provision of food and drink
  • extended hours
  • collecting money or selling goods in a public place
  • sale of alcohol

For more help and advice please contact your local community fundraising team.

There are plenty of ways you can get your fundraising started for minimal costs. Local companies may sponsor your event, donate goods or lend you their services for free. Take a look at our fundraising ideas page for simple ways to keep costs low.

Activities run in all weathers, although some aspects may be affected by the weather. Don’t forget to dress for the weather.

Normally all volunteers must be over 18 with the exception of retail volunteers who must be 14 years or over.

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

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

Unfortunately, we are not able to claim Gift Aid on any purchase you make from us. However, if you are a UK taxpayer, we can, with your permission, claim Gift Aid on any donation you make to us, or have made to us in the past four years. Please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when you make a donation to us.

Unfortunately there are no facilities and we cannot accept liability for anything you leave behind. Please bring only what you need and are able to carry for the night.

Children’s Hospice South West works with an excellent (ATOL protected) tour operators called Charity ChallengeAction for CharityDream ChallengesDiscover Adventure and Action Challenge all based in the UK.  

These tour operators arrange the details of your trip and use a local ground agent to arrange accommodation, meals, transfers etc. The trips are well organised and you will be well looked after, so all you have to concentrate on is the challenge ahead.

Yes. The tour operators and ground agents are very experienced in organising challenges such as these and you will be accompanied by a tour leader, a doctor as well as English-speaking local guides and porters who are all there to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the trip. The routes we take are well established and known well by our guides. The tour operators will be aware of any rising political, health or safety issues affecting the countries our supporters visit.

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. 

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. 

Whilst it's called Santas on the Run, you don’t have to run! You can jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line - so please go with what you are most comfortable with. 

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing suitable for running in under your Santa suit with a well-fitting pair of trainers.

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!

We suggest all Rainbow Runners wear sunglasses to prevent paint drifting into your eyes. It is the adult's responsibility to ensure children in their group wear sunglasses during the event.

We will have sunglasses for sale on the day for £2.

There is no minimum or maximum limit.

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 lottery number.

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.

Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at this event due to the fact it takes in part of the hospice grounds where children may be present.

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CHSW operates a Sibling Service at each hospice, providing dedicated support and care to the brothers and sisters of life-limited children.

During family stays, the siblings can spend as much or as little time as needed with a devoted sibling team. Contact is maintained with the siblings during their time at the hospice, between visits with newsletters, emails and days out and after their brother or sister’s death, for as long as they need.

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! 

You may still pay tax on a private pension plan or a savings account, or pay Capital Gains Tax if you sell property or shares. If this is the case, please tick the Gift Aid declaration.

Approximately two weeks before the event.

The CHSW logo is a registered trademark and can only be used within certain guidelines, so please contact us on marketing@chsw.org.uk before you use it on your printed materials. We have a specific version of the logo that we give to our supporters and we can supply it in whichever format you need.

Remember we can also provide posters with space to write your event details.

Please note that all images are usually copyrighted by their owners and you either require permission or must pay a fee to the image owner. Please ask us for images if you want to create a bespoke event poster and please do not "borrow" them from the internet or any other source without seeking the relevant permission from the owner.

Charity statement

Your printed materials/websites should include the statement:

‘All proceeds from the event will go to Children's Hospice South West’
The Children's Hospice South West registered charity number must also appear on all printed materials. This can be in small print and must appear as follows: ‘CHSW is registered charity no 1003314'.

Once you have registered for an event, we'll send you a fundraising pack with lots of tips and advice on fundraising.  In the run up to your event we will also send you useful e-newsletters about what to expect, as well as training and fundraising advice.  If you need any further help you can always contact our events team who will be happy to help.