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
I have been working in the outdoor industry for 15 years and hold the highest level of qualification in the UK for working with people when rock climbing and abseiling (AMI - Association of Mountaineering Instructors). I also hold industrial rope access qualifications to go along side of this.
In order to confirm your charity place in a race, you'll need to confirm your details with the race organisers. As a participant in the event, you'll need to agree to their terms and conditions and let them know you’re running with a charity place. If you don't complete this second stage of the registration process by the specified deadline, you won't able to take part on the day. This second part to the registration process is at no extra cost.
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of every event, none of which could be staged without their hard work and dedication. We have a whole host of events to choose from with roles which include marshalling, cheer points, helping with refreshments, photograpy, setting up and clearing down.
We do not allow places to be transferred, if you can’t now take part, please let us know as soon as possible.
You will need to bring suitable swimwear to wear underneath a wetsuit. Appropriate footwear, trainers or walking boots are best, no heels, flip flops or sandals. You will need a towel and warm clothes for after the course. Long hair should be tied back and you should remove or cover any earrings/necklaces etc. Remember any medication that you need, and a camera for taking photos!
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's really easy. You will receive an addressed envelope which you can use to return the ticket stubs to us with a cheque or postal order. Please make sure that all of your ticket stubs are filled in correctly.
For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.
You will leave Rainbow Run with skin of all colours, we recommend a few showers to rinse off the paint and if you have stubborn colours in your hair washing up liquid works a treat to rid the stubborn colours. If your hair is very light, or colour treated you may wish to wear a hat or headscarf to minimise the paint contact.
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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.
Cheques should be made payable to Children's Hospice South West and sent to us at:
Children's Hospice South West
Little Bridge House
Please note we do not recommend sending cash through the post.
Check your registration documentation to find out what happens after your Bubble Rush event.
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.
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.
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.
I have run eight abseils at Canonteign Falls in previous years and the event is always a great success with every abseiler succeeding and having a great time. It's such a unique abseil down England's highest waterfall, in such a beautiful setting - it's definitely an experience to remember even if you have abseiled many times.
The race pack containing your race number will be sent by the event organisers. Please visit the FAQs section on the event organiser’s website for more details. We'll send a separate race pack containing your CHSW running vest, if you have given us your size.
We are always looking for keen volunteers to help with a range of tasks, without whom we could not successfully fundraise to support our work across the South West.
This is a walking event - no one is allowed to jog/run nor pass the lead marshals at the front.
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.
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.
Dogs are welcome to join in with the festive fun. However, we don’t have canine Santa suits so feel free to get creative! All we ask is that you keep them on their tinsel covered leads at all times.
Unfortunately dogs cannot take part in our Eden Project Santas on the Run event. Dogs are allowed entry into the Eden Project but will need to remain with friends or family that are spectating during the race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Due to technical and vehicle support over the weekend provided by Arrowhead Management, only suitable single rider road bikes can take part.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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
On the reverse of your Walker ID you will have a telephone number to call for Walker Support or you can speak to your nearest marshal should you need assistance. We can arrange for our first aiders to come to you or, should you be unable to continue the walk, arrange for you to be brought to the finish.
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 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.
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.
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.
No, but the more relevant experience and qualifications, and perhaps most importantly, enthusiasm you have the better.
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.
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.
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.
The paint is 100% natural and water-soluble and will not cause any damage to the environment. We will have a clean-up team in place to remove the paint on the ground after the event.
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As all teenagers wish to be independent, the hospice also holds teenage focused weekends, giving them the opportunity to come and stay without their families.
Three different weekends are arranged each year, plus one sensory teenage week. The weekends are often themed to suit varied interests including pamper days, cars and games.
It gives the teenagers the chance to socialise with others and time to talk about their experiences.
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 will be offered a place in an alternative CHSW event.
We do have a plan to keep the bubble 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.
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 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.
You will need to be 18 years at the time of the event to be able to take part.
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.
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 current vacancies page.
- complementary therapies
- creative art activities
- events and fundraising
- flower arranging and gardening
- public speaking/ambassador
- telephone support
We will have a band of merry marshals to point you in the right direction as well as lead and back marshals to make sure we don’t lose anyone!
There are changing, storage facilities and toilets on site at the Ultimate Adventure Centre.
Long-term donations enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most. 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 supporting our work. To set up your direct debit payment go to the Donate page here, follow the instructions on the form, when you select regular donation the form will expand to provide the direct debit instructions to your bank.
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.
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.
We will provide you with a kit list when you sign up.
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 is no minimum or maximum limit.
The Bubble Rush is a fun run up to 5k that you can walk, jog or run! It is not about speed, it’s about having fun and enjoying the foam!
Bubblers (participants) run or walk the course which has four Bubble Stations each with a different coloured foam. When you reach the bubble station the Bubble Commandos will spray copious amounts of foam at you. You can make bubble beards or have a bubble cuddle with your nearest bubbler.
At Plymouth and Barnstaple the circular route is 2.5k – you can choose to complete the route once if you have little ones or get double the bubbles by going around twice and completing Bubble 5K.
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You have the option to stay with your child or the opportunity to leave your child at the hospice whilst going away for a break.
Car parking information will be provided within the registration documentation that we send to you.
There will be substantial parking at the event on grass. Please car share where possible to reduce the amount of traffic in and out of the park and estate.
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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.
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.
To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you. Without these details we legally can't claim Gift Aid - so be strict with your supporters!
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.
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.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Whilst the route may pass through some nightlife spots, we have written a detailed risk assessment and implemented additional measures to ensure your safety. This has been approved by the Council and Police. Please read your Walker’s Participant Safety Brief carefully and listen to instructions marshals give you on the night. Marshals will be in communication with event organisers and first aiders during the night.
Activities run in all weathers, although some aspects may be affected by the weather. Don’t forget to dress for the weather.
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.
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.
Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event and includes a full Santa suit, a medal and festive treats. As this is a sponsored event we ask that you try to raise sponsorship to support the vital care Children’s Hospice South West provides.
Children’s Hospice South West works with an excellent (ATOL protected) tour operators called Charity Challenge, Action for Charity, Dream Challenges, Discover 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, 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.
You can stop or change your donation at any time by informing your payroll department. If you're stopping your donation, it would be great if you could let us know too.
If you change employer, you will need to check whether your new employer runs a Payroll Giving scheme.
Children from 0-21 years with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. We offer support for all the family.
Medical care from specialist doctors, including out of hours cover, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Our services include:
- Highly specialised clinical care
- Short breaks/respite
- Emergency care
- End of life care
- Sibling support
- Complementary therapies
- Pre and post bereavement support for all family members
- Telephone support? Is this offered? Contact/key worker support?
- Multi-sensory therapy
- Play – music and art/messy play activities
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.
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.
No. In most instances your comments should appear on the site shortly after you submit the comment. As part of the moderation process certain words are prohibited and will result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. The use of hyperlinks will also result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. In addition, if a comment is flagged by the community it may be removed from the site. CHSW reserves the right to remove any comment at anytime.
We aim to provide a home from home environment and we try and re-create whatever night routine you have at home when settling your child to bed and through the night and during your child’s stay.
A bit about family accommodation, what is provided i.e. towels, bed linen etc.