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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. 

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.

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.

Check your registration documentation to find out what happens after your Bubble Rush event.

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.

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.

We do not allow places to be transferred, if you can’t now take part, please let us know as soon as possible.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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. 

This is a walking event - no one is allowed to jog/run nor pass the lead marshals at the front.

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

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.

Opportunities include:

  • administration
  • shops
  • catering/housekeeping
  • complementary therapies
  • creative art activities
  • driving
  • events and fundraising
  • flower arranging and gardening
  • maintenance/decorating
  • public speaking/ambassador
  • reception
  • telephone support

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.

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.

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. 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. 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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! 

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.

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.

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

Yes! Just text CHSW33 followed by the £ sign and the amount you would like to donate to 70070. Find out more about making a text donation.

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.  

Eden Project 

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.

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

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.

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.  

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

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.

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

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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.

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

For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Car parking information will be provided within the registration documentation that we send to you.

Plymouth

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.

Barnstaple

To be confirmed

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.

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 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!

CHSW work in partnership with Arrowhead Management to ensure the ride will be route marked, with an experienced support crew who will provide first aid and mechanical assistance across the three days. We would expect that you would be able to do simple bike repairs/maintenance in the event of a puncture during the event. CHSW staff will also be on hand to offer emotional support, encouragement along the way and huge cheers as you reach each hospice.

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 only donate from a UK mobile.  You cannot donate using this service from a Channel Island, Isle of Man or other non-UK mobile. Find out more about making a text donation.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Yes, 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.

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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.

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.

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.

A corporate partnership with CHSW will bring invaluable benefits to your business and your employees. There are lots of ways to support our vital work with life-limited children and their families.

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 do not recommend an upper age limit for participation although we would recommend that older individuals consult their doctor if they have any concerns about their health or ability.

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

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.

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! 

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

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.

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.

Although the staff are first aid trained, they are not medically qualified and so are not in a position to assess the capacity of participants to undertake a course. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to starting any activity. You may also wish to contact your doctor for further advice. If you have any further questions regarding this please contact CHSW or The Ultimate Adventure Centre.

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.

There is no minimum or maximum limit.

It's no problem as we have a record of your number.  If you would like us to re-send your lottery numbers to you please contact us on 08456 888 911 or drop us an email at lottery@chsw.org.uk.

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