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We have eight specially adapted bedrooms at both Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Bristol. At Little Harbour in Cornwall there are six, which are used for respite breaks.

At each hopsice we keep one of these bedrooms free for emergency or end of life care.

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. 

This is a 10 mile route with significant total ascent and descent and challenging terrain.

If you set up an online fundraising page, your donors will be prompted to fill in the Gift Aid details on their individual donation.

Please encourage your sponsors to complete their last name, initial and full address on your sponsorship form if they would like their donation to be Gift Aided.

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.

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 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.

The South West Coast Path is a great place to take your dog for a walk. They are permitted on the entire path, and providing that you look after them in a responsible way to avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife or causing a nuisance to other walkers, you will be welcomed. No liability will be taken on by CHSW or the event organisers.  Dogs are not permitted on the shuttle bus.

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.

It's not a race! The route will approximately take 1.5 hours to 2 hours to complete. There will be front walking marshals that will set the pace but they must not be passed by any participants for strict health and safety reasons.

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the challenge, in suitable physical condition to undertake the challenge as set out in the itinerary and be fully aware of the possible risks inherent in adventure travel.

Everyone taking part is asked to have a medical form (supplied by Children’s Hospice South West) completed and signed by their doctor to confirm your suitability to take part. All participants must also have adequate personal travel insurance. 15-17 year olds may also participate in any challenge with the agreement of their parent or guardian and if accompanied by a parent or guardian on the challenge who is of legal age, (18 years of age or older). The parent or guardian will have to complete the booking form for anyone who is under 18 at the time of booking and sign the following parental responsibility form.

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.

You can wear whatever you like! Regular running shorts and vest, a tutu or even fancy dress outfits.

You'll be able to purchase a white Children’s Hospice South West t-shirt for £5 when you register on the day along with fancy dress and sunglasses available to buy from the merchandise stand. 

The coloured foam may stain your clothing, so bring something you don’t mind getting stained so we do recommend to wear old clothes and trainers! 

You'll also want to wear something that will help protect your eyes while running through the bubble stations and paint stations. Sunglasses will be available to purchase for just £2.

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! 

Yes we can. Every time we sell something belonging to you, we can raise 25% more from the government through Gift Aid - at no cost to you.

Find out more about Gift Aid.

We feel strongly that only those people who have paid to enter and worked hard to raise the money should take part. This is also to ensure we can carefully manage everyone’s safety. Why not encourage them to sign up and take part!

Sell as many as you can and then return the ones you haven't, together with the money and stubs from the ones you have sold.

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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.

CHSW is unable to support individuals requiring visas to volunteer in the UK as we do not have a sponsorship licence.

Your donation is very important to us and we will write to thank you on an annual basis if you have chosen for us to contact you. We may also send you updates on our work if you have indicated that you are happy to receive these. You will know the deduction has started as it will appear on your payslip.

There’s no need for you to do a thing.  If you are one of the lucky winners, we will send your winning cheque to you by post.

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.

  • 500m - £15 (plus £25 minimum sponsorship)
  • 1000m - £20 (plus £40 minimum sponsorship)

No, adults can only do the 500m swim if they are accompanying a child as part of the family swim.

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Each of our hospices has a special room called ‘Starborn’ in which, after a child has died, they can be laid for up to seven days. Starborn is kept at a regulated temperature where the appropriate measures are taken to prepare the body for the funeral. This allows families to be in an environment where they can say goodbye to their child properly, surrounded by loved ones, with support from members of the care team who have looked after their much loved child during their stays.

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.

The minimum age to take part in this event is 14 however children aged between 14-17 can only take part if accompanied by a participating adult who is 18 or over.

We aren’t able to promote events before they’ve happened – but we do use our social media platforms to celebrate fundraising successes.

Spreading the word about your fundraising is much more successful when it comes from you, so we’ve created a handy guide to using social media to help you, click here for more details.

If you are organising a fundraising event for Children’s Hospice South West we will include details of your event in our supporters calendar.  Email details of your event to website@chsw.org.uk.

A full kit list and advice on what else you should bring is available here.

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.

You are signing up to complete your own DIY virtual fundraising event, so the challenge can be as long or short as you wish.

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. 

You can donate your sponsorship in the following ways:

By Post: Send your sponsor forms along with a cheque to Little Harbour, Porthpean Road, Porthpean, PL26 6AZ

You can pay your sponsorship in online.

Add it to your online giving page: if you have set up an online giving page the money is automatically transferred to CHSW. You can add any offline sponsorship to your online page.

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.

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

We'd suggest a change of clothes and shoes as well as a towel so you can dry down after the event but it does depend how much time you spend in the foam. 

Please note there is no bag drop facility at the event so please ensure you can store this in your car, or bring along a cheer squad who can look after them for you. 

CHSW and its recycling partners can help turn mobile phones, gadgets and computers into money - to go towards supporting our work.  Find out more on how and what to recycle with CHSW.

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.

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.

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.

The majority of UK visas allow people to volunteer, although there may be restrictions to the number of hours you can volunteer. If you are unsure if your visa allows you to volunteer we recommend you contact the UK Border Agency. We may request verification of this.  Please note that Tourist/ Visitor visas and Student Visitor visas (usually students visiting for six months or less) do not allow people to volunteer.

If you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the only way we can automatically receive all your tax on a donation. You will receive tax relief at the highest rate of tax you pay; so each pound you give, will only cost you 60p.

We are almost entirely reliant on voluntary income to safeguard our vital services into the future. By taking part in our weekly lottery and annual raffles you are helping us continue to make the most of short and precious lives.

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.

Registration is from 9.30am - 10.30am.  Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, walk down to the event village and sing-in at the registration tent.

The participants will undergo training of around one hour.

When the fire has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. Participants go to the fire, remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk the coals.

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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.

Each participant will have to wear a wetsuit and will need to bring suitable swimwear to wear underneath. Appropriate footwear, trainers or walking boots are best, no heels, flip flops  or sandals. You will need a towel, warm clothes and water proofs for after your abseil. Long hair should be tied back and you should remove any dangly earrings/necklaces etc. Glass retainers should be worn if there is any risk of them falling off.  Any medication that you need, food and water and a camera for taking photos!

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. 

The Bush Inn, Crosstown, Morwenstow, Bude EX23 9SR.

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. 

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.

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.

As a virtual walker, you are most welcome to complete your own challenge and then join us on the event day at Hartland Quay from 2.00pm, walking 1.5 miles to Hartland Abbey together. You can then personally collect your finishers medal and enjoy the finish line celebrations!

Just let us know when you sign up, or contact jayne.jarrett@chsw.org.uk to book your place.

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.

Our hospice teams have engaging and challenging activities for corporate teams. If you're interested in volunteering in a group as part of your company's corporate social responsibility programme, please contact your local corporate fundraiser or complete our enquiry form.

We love dogs but we can't allow any animals on the course. They will be however allowed in the event village if kept on a close lead. 

Yes!

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.

Of course! Our suits come in an adult and child one size so many people cut the legs to be shorter or roll up the arms to make the suits more fitting.  Some Santas even add tinsel and baubles too! 

Don’t forget that your running number must be worn at all times though, please secure it with safety pins to your Santa suit. We also suggest bringing a belt with you to the event to ensure your suit stays in place when you’re running.

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to "CHSW".

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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. 

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

Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to choose to claim the tax back through Gift Aid – saving us 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.

There is no need to choose your numbers. You will be sent a random unique number for each entry that you play.  This number will be yours for the duration of your membership to our lottery.

When you enter our weekly lottery, you will be sent your unique number by post. 

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!

There will be a safety briefing at 10.45am which all swimmers MUST attend.  Please be ready with your wetsuit on!

No. The fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red hot. We can often measure the temperature at around 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. You will have bare feet, and they will not have been treated in any way.

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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.

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!

Hartland Quay Hotel, Stoke, EX39 6DU.

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.

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

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

  • Your own choice of route tailored to your group / team and location
  • Support with your fundraising from our dedicated fundraising team
  • Invitation to visit your local hospice to see how your money supports our families.
  • Invite to the main event finish celebrations at Hartland Abbey
  • Finishers medal

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.

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!

There are no long term harmful effects from the foam either during or after the event. If you get some in your eyes, it may sting slightly, consider wearing sunglasses or goggles. The mixture that we use is drier than most foam; therefore you won’t be soaked and won’t be slipping around in the foam stations. 

The dye in the foam gives vibrant colours however it is a food dye and is water soluble as well as environmentally friendly and completely safe. 

The coloured powder paint is 100% safe and non- toxic. It is biodegradable and will not affect the environment. The paint should not cause harm to participants however we recommend that you don't enter if you have a respiratory, skin or medical condition that could be affected. If you're unsure, please consult your doctor before taking part. 

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.

We will provide any training that is necessary.

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.

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

Rainbow Run is open to anyone aged 5 years and over. Event participants aged 5 to 15 years must be accompanied by a participating adult. Children within this age group will run the route leaving in a second wave after the main adult run starts, to ensure their safety. Participating adults are asked to accompany young runners in this wave. Please note that Rainbow throwers are briefed to throw paint carefully at our younger runners.

The sensation is described by some as walking on eggshells, others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. I have not known walkers to experience pain, indeed when the opportunity arises many will walk across the coals more than once.

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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.

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.