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 have 8 specially adapted bedrooms at both Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Bristol. At Little Harbour in Cornwall there are 6, which ar eused for respite breaks.
At each hopsice we keep one of these bedrooms free for emergency or end of life care.
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!
You'll need to complete an application form from the event page. Some events are by application process, we aim to let you know the result of your application as soon as possible. Some events are confirmed instantly as long as you are committed to raising the minimum fundraising pledge and you pay a registration fee.
We can accommodate people up to 18 stone in weight, but no more due to the restrictions on equipment and loads exerted, although they may need to be fitted with extra equipment for their comfort. If you have anyone wishing to take part who is heavier than 18 stone you can contact us as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of their participation.
Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to decline an individual’s participation should their build be deemed unsuitable for the activity.
Only the Children's Hospice South West and HM Revenue and Customs. We will not share it with anyone else.
We ask that you pay in your full fundraising amount within one month of your event.
Please let us know if you are not going to be able to pay in your money on time for any reason.
As you cross the finish line you will be asked to hand in your lanyard/pouch with your walker number inside; if you don’t, we will have to call you or your emergency contact in the early hours to find out where you are or send out a search party! You will then receive a medal and goody bag and are free to enjoy your pasty before going home to get some well - deserved sleep! You may also take your candle bag home as a keepsake if you wish.
You can create a free online fundraising page, personalise it with a photo and message and email it to friends and family; they can donate quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card. Create your page now at uk.virginmoneygiving.com and save yourself the hassle of collecting the money! We will also supply you with a sponsor form so you can do it the old fashioned way!
Yes you can. If you think your disability might make it difficult for you to volunteer, please call us on 01271 325 270 and have a chat with our HR team about your needs. We can advise on which of our opportunities are accessible to you.
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Unfortunately there are no facilities and we cannot accept liability for anything you leave behind. Please bring only what you need.
- Return flights
- All travel arrangements on the event
- Accommodation as stated on the challenge itinerary
- All food and refreshments on the event
- Camping equipment (where applicable) excluding sleeping bags
- Guiding team and medical provision
- Transport of your luggage between camps/accommodation
We ask volunteers to pay their own expenses as we feel as much money as possible raised should go directly to support and care for our children and families.
Gift Aid only applies to personal donations, so your company donation will not be eligible. For a charity to benefit from the tax on a company donation, the donation should be paid gross (without deducting Income Tax). The company can then claim tax relief when calculating its profits for Corporation Tax. For further information, please contact your Tax Office or accountants
Yes, but only a small one. Your employer will use a Payroll Giving Agent (like a charity bank) to distribute the donations that you and your colleagues make. The Payroll Giving Agents are charities that need to make a small charge to cover their operating costs. Some employers pay this fee on your behalf so we receive your full donation.
If your employer doesn’t pay the fee, the Payroll Giving Agent will deduct it from your donation before passing it on to us. This will be between 2% and 4%. This compares favourably against the admin costs of claiming Gift Aid on a Direct Debit donation.
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.
The Rainbow Run powder paint is non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable. It is technically edible, although we do not advise that you eat it as its not very tasty! If you have a skin allergy or respiratory condition we would recommend that you don’t take part or that you consult your doctor for advice.
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Every week, there are 14 cash prizes on offer, ranging from £5 to the £1,000 jackpot.
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.
Well we would 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.
Collecting sponsorship from companies is a great way of increasing your sponsorship. Many companies offer a Matched Giving service where they match all the sponsorship raised by the staff.
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 be send confirmation of your allotted time through the post along with your fundraising pack and sponsorship forms. Please arrive at least one hour and fifteen minutes before your allocated time slot to abseil. This allows plenty of time for you to sign in, slip into your wetsuit and receive coaching from the abseil team. You will be part of a group and will be kitted up in that group by an instructor one hour before your allocated time slot, so please don’t be late.
Please let us know by contacting us in one of the following ways:
Telephone: 01271 325 270 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Write to us at: Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ
Unfortunately we can't accept registrations on the night.
All participants must be aged 18 - 80, unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a minimum age of 16 then applies). 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 them as requested by Ultimate Adventure Centre during their participation.
Volunteers are covered by CHSW's insurance policy while engaged in any work on behalf of CHSW.
You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. This cancellation period will expire 14 days after the day on which you (or the person you nominate) received the goods, or received the final item from an order for several items. To exercise your right to cancel you must inform us in a clear statement sent by post or email to the address below.
Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Redlands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2PZ
If you cancel this contract, we will refund all payments received from you, including the costs of standard delivery only. We may make a deduction for the loss in value of the goods, if the loss is the result of unnecessary handling by you.
We will make the refund as soon as possible, and no later than 14 days from the day you return any goods, or provide evidence of return. We may withhold the refund until we have received the returned goods, or you have supplied evidence of having sent back the goods, whichever is the earliest.
We will make the refund using the same means of payment that you used for the initial purchase unless you have expressly agreed otherwise. You will not incur any fees as a result of the refund.
You shall send back the goods without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which you communicate your cancellation of this contract to us. The deadline is met if you send back the goods before the period of 14 days has expired.
Returned goods should be in perfect condition to obtain the full refund and we ask that you arrange and pay for return postage (unless the goods are faulty). If goods are faulty you can request a replacement instead of a refund.
Charitable donations made with an order cannot be refunded.
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!
When you have completed your registration and paid your deposit, you will receive an event pack that will detail exactly what is involved in signing up to the trip, for example:
- Your spending money
- Personal travel insurance
- Payments for visas
- Vaccinations and medical forms (where required)
- Airport taxes where applicable
- Optional tours and meals on your free day
- Personal items from the kit list
- A tip for the local guides and porters
- Your travel to and from the UK departure airport
Not necessarily, this will depend on what your criminal record is for and the role you are applying for. We reserve the right to make a decision on a case by case basis.
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.
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.
The paint will only be thrown in our designated Rainbow stations by trained Rainbow throwers. The paint will be aimed onto the body of the runners rather than the face to reduce the amount of paint getting into the mouth, nose and eyes.
However we recommend that you consider wearing sunglasses/goggles to protect your eyes from the colour as you will inevitably get some paint on your head/face. Runners who are not so keen to be in the direct firing line of the Rainbow throwers are recommended to stick to the inside of the running lane to receive the least amount of paint. Use the outside lane for maximum explosions of the Rainbow!
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There are two options.
Option A - regular subscription
You can join our lottery with a regular monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually payment straight from your bank by standing order.
Option B - one-off play
You can play for a set number of weeks and pay by credit/debit card securely online.
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.
We love dogs but sorry we cannot allow any animals on the course.
The process is simple. All you need to do is download and complete our Gift Aid Declaration Form
If you are donating online, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form. If you make a donatation to a CHSW shop, there is a simple form to complete and sign.
Yes, we can. Everytime we sell something that you have donated we can raise 25% more from the government through Gift Aid - at no extra cost to you.
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.
Dave Talbot Ltd insists upon the very highest standards in safety for all of our clients and staff taking part in our outdoor activities. Our abseil events involve an element of risk which makes them challenging, exciting and facilitates personal development. However, the safety of everyone involved is an absolute priority and Dave Talbot Ltd ensures the level of risk is acceptable and appropriate safety standards are maintained at all times.
Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to prevent any person or persons, from participating in the event if they are found to be behaving inappropriately or in a manner that is detrimental to the safe provision of the event. This includes those individuals that are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
You should have received an email confirmation when you registered. If you haven’t received this, please email our events team or contact your local community fundraiser as your email address might have been entered incorrectly. Please also check your junk mail, as sometimes automated emails may filter into this mail box.
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.
If you die without a Will in England or Wales the law will decide who gets what. If you have no living family members, all your property and possessions will go to the Crown.
It is not usually commercially viable for most shop teams to collect donations from your home. However, collections can sometimes be arranged locally, so it's worth asking your local shop (contact details can be found on our Shopfinder). Our furniture shops (which you can also find through our Shopfinder) sometimes offer a local collection service.
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.
Your sponsorship money needs to be paid to Children’s Hospice South West ten weeks before the date of departure. This is because the charity has to pay the tour operator costs in advance, and have to ensure that every person we pay for has raised all the money. Some people find it difficult to ask for the money up front, but it is a lot harder to get the money in after the event. Your sponsors will understand about this.
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 would be delighted, as long as they are over 16 years of age. It is illegal to sell raffle tickets to children under the age of 16, and for people under 16 to sell raffle tickets.
For CHSW raffle rules, read our terms and conditions.
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.
Come along wearing a shiny white t-shirt (and running gear you don’t mind getting messy) or perhaps wear something more unusual like a wedding dress, tutu or fancy dress! So long as it’s white so you can see the multi-colours in all their splendour at the end.
Well-fitting trainers are recommended but please don’t wear your expensive ones, as they will end up every colour of the Rainbow. The coloured pigment should wash out of most fabrics, but some of the more stubborn colours may stain certain fabrics so please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained.
After testing the paint, we know that white is never white again after being rainbowed. The paint is water-soluble so you can wash the clothes as normal, but avoid washing it with nice clothes. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it, the better.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each participant will have to wear a wetsuit so must bring swimwear to wear underneath. Appropriate footwear such as trainers are required and avoid heels, slip ons and flip flops. You will need a towel and long hair should be tied back and you should remove or cover any earrings/necklaces etc. Safety Helmet, Wetsuit & Buoyancy Aid are provided.
A residuary legacy is the gift of the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of the remainder) after all other gifts to friends and family have been distributed and all outgoings have been dealt with.
A residuary legacy is especially valuable to CHSW because the growing value of your assets protects it against inflation.
A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that tends to decrease in value over time because of inflation. For example, a legacy of £1,000 written into a Will in 1980 would now be worth less than £380. However, it is possible to index-link a pecuniary legacy, to ensure that the legacy maintains its intended value.
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.
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.
Our volunteering opportunities don't require a formal interview. We will ask you to complete a volunteer registration form to find out more about you. An informal meet and greet session will then be arranged. This gives us an opportunity to tell you more about our work and role, and to learn about your interests and skills.
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.
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
At the finish line we will have cleaning stations with soft brushes so that you can give yourself a good dusting off to remove most of the powder. You won’t be 100% clean but you will be able to remove most of the paint.
We recommend that you leave a towel in your car to cover your seat or spare clothes to put on top of your running gear to ensure you get as little paint as possible on your seat.
CHSW cannot be held responsible for any damage or paint getting on participants vehicles, public transport or private property.
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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.
Just remember that the foam is water based so if you stay in foam too long your devices will get wet. It’s a good idea to take some precautions to protect your device, or leave this with your cheer squad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.