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Equipment, disposable medical equipment, medicines (correctly labelled with the child’s prescription), nappies/pads and toiletries for personal use.

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.

Own place refers to a runner obtaining their own place in an event (eg. purchasing your race place directly with the race organisers). And of course we would love you to use your place to run for CHSW.

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!).

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.

Yes! You can buy our selection of Christmas cards, calendars and diaries in our online shop.

Christmas cards and goods are also sold in all of our shops and in our Hospice reception areas.

The marshalling of the event is extremely complex and, in order to ensure the safety of all walkers, late registration or departure will not be permitted. Please ensure you arrive by 9.30pm to sign in and have time to collect your T-shirt and drop off your candle bag.

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!

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.

After signing up you will be sent a confirmation email with details of all your registrants.   At a later date you’ll receive your fundraising pack in the post, this will contain your runner number and all the information you will need for the event. 

We also like to keep in touch via email, which will have fundraising hints and tips and occasionally any last minute information changes such as route changes so please provide a valid email address when signing up!

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 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.

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.

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.

No. Our Trustees govern the Charity on a voluntary basis.   Read more about our Board of Trustees.

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.

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)

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!

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.

The CHSW website uses an external service called Disqus for the technical management and publication of comments.

Disqus is a web discussion platform with Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality. The Disqus service bears sole responsibility for identifying users and publishing comments.  

For more information concerning the Disqus service’s terms of use (including the policies and procedures regarding the collection of users’ personally identifiable data), please read their privacy policy.

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).

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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

No. Only fill out the own place running form if you have already purchased a place from the event organisers.

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).

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

You might want to bring snacks for the walk to keep you going; you may wish to bring a bum-bag, torch and camera. Leave valuables at home but bring a mobile phone, fully charged. There are no facilities to leave any items at the start venue. Don’t forget to bring your two walker number cards and your special candle bag.

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.

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.

Payroll giving is a tax efficient and easy way to support us. You choose the amount you'd like to donate and then each payday, your gift will be deducted automatically from your gross salary (after National Insurance but before tax).  This means the tax you would have paid on your donation is also given to Children's Hospice South West.

It’s very easy to arrange. Email your local corporate fundraiser and we'll make sure that your company operates a scheme that allows you to give to us straight from your pay. We can then notify your Payroll Department that you would like to set up a regular donation to us in this way.

If your company does not operate the scheme, then we will contact you to let you know. We can help suggest to them to get one set up.

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).

Yes, setting up a gift online is also completely safe. Any personal information you enter onto our online Direct Debit pages (including, name, address and bank account details) is encrypted before being sent to us.

Your information is saved in a secure environment using industry standard practices. You are then covered by the Direct Debit guarantee. We will write to you to confirm the details of your gift, and give you at least 21 days before taking the first payment. You can amend or cancel at any time.

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

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 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. 

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

Santas on the Run Bristol

No parking available

Santas on the Run Eden Project

Parking available.

Santas on the Run RHS Rosemoor

Parking available.

 

Please car share where possible to reduce the amount of traffic to the events.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheques should be made payable to Children's Hospice South West and sent to us at:

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

Please note we do not recommend sending cash through the post.

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.

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.

Raffle tickets cost just £1 each.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Due to technical and vehicle support over the weekend provided by Arrowhead Management, only suitable single rider road bikes can take part.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 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.

You can wear whatever you like! Regular running shorts and vest, a tutu or even fancy dress outfits. We would probably draw the line at a mankini though. You will be given a white Children’s Hospice South West t-shirt when you register on the day.

The coloured foam may stain your clothing, so bring something you don’t mind getting stained. You will also want to wear something that will help protect your eyes while running through the bubble stations. If you’re bringing kids with you, consider bringing some little swim goggles for them since the bubbles will probably be taller than they are!

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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