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Life-limiting conditions are those for which there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which children will die. Some of these conditions cause slow deterioration over time rendering the child increasingly dependent on parents and carers.

Life-threatening conditions are those for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail, such as cancer. 

(Definition: Together for Short Lives)

Kids (or Bubble Bambinos as we call them) will love this event.

Children are allowed to join in as long as they can manage the distance and finish the event.

However you must hold their hand or with younger ones carry them as you go through the foam at each Bubble Station.

There is no lower age limit for this event.

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Paying in your money is simple. You can pay it in online using the Donate button filling in the details and selecting "Pay in money raised".  Post a cheque payable to CHSW to your local hospice. Remember to include a note that this is money you've raised and let us know if you'd like it to go towards a specific appeal.

Please don't send cash in the post.

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.

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. 

Children's Hospice South West can only directly claim back at the basic rate but please complete and return the declaration.

As a higher rate taxpayer, if you declare your donations on your tax return, you can claim a rebate based on the difference between the higher rate and the basic rate when you fill in your self-assessment form.

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.

You can make a donation online, either as a single donation or a regular direct debit. You can also donate to the Children's Hospice South West via Text to Donate.

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.

A full kit list and advice on what else you should bring is available in our Fundraising Pack which is available on our Downloads page on the Event page Ride for Previous Lives.

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!

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 will collect your special T-shirt on the night when you sign in at the registration desk.

Every participant in a Children’s Hospice South West Challenge Event, no matter what the event is, will receive:

  • Fundraising and training advice
  • Regular contact from the Challenge Events team
  • The opportunity to visit a Children’s Hospice South West hospice
  • Children’s Hospice South West vest or T-shirt. 

For more information on the support available from Children’s Hospice South West, have a look at our fundraising page.

We will provide any training that is necessary.

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. 

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.

Injuries and illnesses happen - they're part of life. If you are unable to take part in your challenge, the most important thing for you to do is to let us know as soon as possible. Depending on when you pull out, we might be able to give your place to somebody else, so that Children’s Hospice South West does not lose out. We will also be able to advise you on who to alert to the fact that you will have to pull out - you may need to tell the challenge tour operator, and you may need to refer to the terms and conditions of your booking - especially for overseas adventures. 

If you are unable to take part in your chosen challenge, and you have already raised sponsorship for your challenge, you will need to get in touch with everyone who has supported you to let them know that you are not actually doing the challenge they have sponsored you for. You should give them the right to request a refund on their donation. If you do not take part in your challenge, then we will not still ask you to pay in the minimum sponsorship requirement. Any registration fees you have paid are, however, non-refundable. 

Our 5k Rainbow Run will be open to those aged 5 years and over. Event participants aged 5 to 15 years must be accompanied by a participating adult. They will run the route leaving after the main adult run starts to ensure their safety, and the Rainbow throwers are briefed to throw paint carefully at our younger runners.

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

Entries for the Summer Raffle will close on Wednesday 5 September 2018.  The draw date will be on Monday 17 September 2018. 

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

The foam is completely safe, but just be aware that foam may stain the outside of that expensive buggy! The buggy MUST also have a water proof cover to be allowed on the course.

Plymouth

Unfortunately, at Bubble Rush Plymouth the route is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs due to uneven terrain, woodland and muddy areas.

Barnstaple

Unfortunately, at Bubble Rush Barnstaple the route is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs due to uneven terrain, woodland and muddy areas.

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.

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

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 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).

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.

Yes of course your four-legged friend can walk, but please make sure they are happy to socialise with other doggies, that they are well behaved and on leads at all times. If they need to answer a call of nature, please bring the necessaries to scoop! We ask that this year walkers who bring their dogs remain at the back of the group to avoid other walkers tripping over your four legged friends.

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to get to St Austell for registration on the Thursday evening and to travel from the finish at Charlton Farm near Bristol. Many cyclists choose to travel by train, we recommend you book early as spaces with bikes are limited and book up quickly.

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.

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

Under your Moonlight Memory Walk T-shirt wear warm, comfortable clothes and a well-fitting pair of trainers or walking shoes - wearing layers is a good idea and don’t forget waterproofs just in case! We encourage ladies to wear fancy dress and feather boas to add to the atmosphere of “a girl’s night out”- anything goes!

We have a team of fundraisers here at CHSW  who are on hand to offer you any ideas and advice you may need. Our first tip would be to set up an online fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving, and then to investigate whether your company or any local businesses will be able to support you.

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.

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

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.

Our overseas adventures are all run by tour operators on our behalf, as the tour operators have the experience, insurance and ATOL protection necessary to run these kinds of challenges. Therefore, registration fees should be sent directly to the appropriate tour operator when you complete your booking form. 

Please note also, that the terms and conditions of your booking are with the tour operator rather than with Children’s Hospice South West - we will only stipulate fundraising terms and conditions, and do not have any control over insurance, travel arrangements or anything else to do with the trip itself. If you would like more information about this, then just get in touch.

Not at all, you can walk or run the 5K route as it is not about speed but more about having as much fun as possible! The race is not timed, so the more competitive Rainbow Runners amongst you should self-time for anyone desiring a personal best.

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.

A list of the latest prize draw winners is published online shortly after each draw. It helps reduce our costs if you view the results online. However if you do require a printed version, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with your entry. The winners listed will then be posted to you shortly after the draw. You can also obtain a list of winners by emailing enquiries@chsw.org.uk or ringing our Fundraising Support and Enquiries team on 01271 325 270 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Fridays 9.00am to 4.30pm).

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.

You will be allocated a start time when you register,

In Plymouth these are likely to be 11.00am, 12.00noon and 1.00pm depending on demand and may change. Your start time will be confirmed when we send your fundraising pack. 

In Barnstaple there will be one wave at 2.00pm.

Please turn up one hour before your start time to register, pick up your T-shirt and enjoy the warm up and event village

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

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.

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.

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.

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 some steep hills along the route but if you are happy to take part, we will be delighted to see you. If a disabled entrant needs assistance from another person, they must also register for the event.

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

Yes. We can train you for most of our roles. Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills while boosting your CV.

We deliver to mainland UK and BPFO only.

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

If you cannot raise the money in time, we will ask you to make up the costs yourself in order to take part in the event. If this is not possible, we will offer you the opportunity to join another challenge in the future, giving you longer to keep fundraising. If you do have to cancel from the event, we will refund your sponsorship to your donors directly, if requested by them.

Please note that cancellation charges do apply if cancelling within eight weeks of departure date, (although travel insurance may cover cancellation costs, depending on the circumstance).

We’ve got lots of volunteering opportunities for you to choose from. You can start searching online right now.

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. 

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 - we promote the events run by our preferred tour operators. Those tour operators will run several events a year, according to their own schedules. However, if you cannot make the dates they have on offer, we could look at an alternative tour operator for you so that you can still do your dream challenge - just get in touch with us and we will try our best to find a suitable event date for you. 

Please bring your running number, which will have been posted to you with your Fundraising Pack, and ensure the medical details are completed on the reverse. You will need to bring safety pins to attach your number to your front ready for the start of the race. If you have lost your number please come to the Information Tent where we can issue you with another.

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.

This raffle is open to adults aged 16 or over, who are mainland UK residents, except for CHSW staff and external agents involved with the promotion and processing of the raffle.

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.

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

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.

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

As we are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, CHSW is committed to the highest standards of fundraising practice and ensure our activities are open and fair, honest and legal.  Read our Fundraising Promise

Find out how to contact us with comments or complaints.

Canonteign Falls is a tough abseil and you will need to be fit and reasonably confident on your feet to be able to get to the top of the abseil and climb over the fence at the top. If you have any doubt in your ability to take part in the abseil please discuss this with your event organisers.

Being able to walk quickly up a flight of stairs, jump a foot off the ground and climb over obstacles such as fences unaided, would be a good example of mobility needed. If you are in any doubt about your fitness / mobility to participate in abseil event you have chosen, please consult the abseil organisers first and then your doctor if needed.

Purchases such as raffle tickets are not treated by HM Revenue and Customs as donations and so the Gift Aid declaration does not apply to them. However, please fill in the declaration to cover any additional or separate donations.

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. 

There is no minimum sponsorship for taking part in the Moonlight Memory Walk, however we ask that you raise as much money as possible to help support the vital care we provide to families with life-limited children at your local children’s hospice.

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

It's very easy: All you need to do is visit our volunteer opportunites page to search and register for volunteering positions.

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 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! 

Explain to potential supporters that you are taking part in a challenge (similar to a marathon or any other sponsored event) and that it will require dedication, commitment and training to raise money and to complete the trip.  The more you talk about the charity, the more they will realise how important your hard work is. You could always choose to pay towards the costs of the event yourself, so you can reassure your sponsors that 100% of their donation will benefit Children’s Hospice South West.

Once you’ve applied we’ll contact you with the next steps as quickly as we can and keep you updated throughout the application and selection process.  

If you’re selected, we'll want to get you started as quickly as possible but this will depend entirely on the role and what checks we need to do beforehand. If the role requires a DBS check (we’ll flag this in details about the opportunity) the process can take longer.

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

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

Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.

There will be no facilities of this nature so please arrive with limited personal belongings or leave them with friends/family who are coming to watch. CHSW cannot accept responsibility for any belongings left unattended.

Yes you need to have a Discus account and in order to leave a comment you will be required to login. You can login using your social media or Disqus accounts.

No, the money collected through sale of entries to lottery draws and raffles does not qualify for Gift Aid as it is a payment for your raffle number.

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 want everyone to have the maximum bubbly fun possible so here are a few things to take into account to make sure your Bubble Bambino has a great time:

  • 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 Bubble Bambinos face after running through each Bubble Station. Also it is a good idea to dry their hands, before those soapy suds make it to their eyes.
  • We also recommend the little Bubble Bambinos use bandanas or similar wrapped around their mouths to make sure they don’t eat too many bubble 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.

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.

Many people support CHSW for lots of different reasons.  If you would like to share your story/experiences we would love to hear from you.  If you have any photos or news, then you can always post them straight onto our Facebook page to help inspire other supporters.

Yes, as long as you are all registered to do the abseil on the same date.  Please state your preferred abseil times when you register and we will try our very best to get you abseiling in the same group.

Yes, in most cases - please see sponsorship forms for more details. If you are being sponsored or sponsoring someone else, for example someone taking part in an Children's Hospice South West Abseil or running the London Marathon, please Gift Aid eligible contributions. Remember that each sponsor needs to include their home address and postcode to enable Children's Hospice South West to reclaim the tax.

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.  

Many similar night walks are well established as “ladies only” and they create a special atmosphere of camaraderie and a fun “girls’ night out” - research shows these events raise more money. We thought carefully about this, particularly as we place a great importance on the support we give to Dads at our hospices. We talked to some Dads who visit our hospices and they felt happy with our decision as they can marshal on the night to still be a part of it. We are indebted to all the men (and women) who volunteer on the night - we couldn’t do it without them!

If conditions become so bad that it is considered dangerous to continue then we may make the decision to abandon the event for that day. But a little rain won’t stop us!

Yes, for some roles. We have a responsibility to protect the children and young people we work with, so we will carry out a DBS (formerly CRB) or disclosure check where needed. This can sometimes take up toa month, but is not a difficult process and you will be given help to complete the forms if necessary.

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.

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!

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 don’t offer internships at CHSW. But if you’re interested in volunteering, you can find a list of current roles on our volunteer opportunities page.

When opportunities for paid roles arise they are advertised in our jobs and volunteering section.

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.

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.

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.

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

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