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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.

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.

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.

We will provide you with a kit list when you sign up.

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. 

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.

Yes other users will be able to follow comments you make on other stories.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Other than a bubbly jubbly good time and a lot of good clean fun, you will receive a T-shirt, a medal and a bottle of water at the finish!

You will need a licence from your local authority for an event that includes any of the following activites:

  • provision of food and drink
  • extended hours
  • collecting money or selling goods in a public place
  • sale of alcohol

For more help and advice please contact your local community fundraising team.

To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you. Without these details we legally can't claim Gift Aid - so be strict with your supporters!

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!

You may still pay tax on a private pension plan or a savings account, or pay Capital Gains Tax if you sell property or shares. If this is the case, please tick the Gift Aid declaration.

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.

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.

Your bike will be your best friend during the three long days of cycling - we strongly advise that you use a road bike as they will help you go faster and will be more comfortable. You can complete the ride on a hybrid or mountain bike but these will be slower and you must have slick road tyres and inflate them to the highest possible pressure.

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.

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.

Absolutely - we will support people taking on all kinds of challenges, and can provide fundraising support and a member of the overseas challenge events team dedicated to looking after you. 

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. 

There is no minimum or maximum limit.

Yes. We can put you in touch with the tour operator directly who may be able to reschedule your flight home and help you plan a holiday if required. Please note that there will be extra costs for extending your stay and you will need to plan this well in advance.

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.

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!

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You have the option to stay with your child or the opportunity to leave your child at the hospice whilst going away for a break.

Kids (or Bubble Bambinos as we call them) will love this event.

Children are allowed to join in as long as they can manage the distance and finish the event.

However you must hold their hand or with younger ones carry them as you go through the foam at each Bubble Station.

There is no lower age limit for this event.

The CHSW logo is a registered trademark and can only be used within certain guidelines, so please contact us on marketing@chsw.org.uk before you use it on your printed materials. We have a specific version of the logo that we give to our supporters and we can supply it in whichever format you need.

Remember we can also provide posters with space to write your event details.

Please note that all images are usually copyrighted by their owners and you either require permission or must pay a fee to the image owner. Please ask us for images if you want to create a bespoke event poster and please do not "borrow" them from the internet or any other source without seeking the relevant permission from the owner.

Charity statement

Your printed materials/websites should include the statement:

‘All proceeds from the event will go to Children's Hospice South West’
The Children's Hospice South West registered charity number must also appear on all printed materials. This can be in small print and must appear as follows: ‘CHSW is registered charity no 1003314'.

Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows charities to reclaim the tax on your donations. This means that every £10 donation you give under the Gift Aid scheme is worth £12.50 to CHSW - at no extra cost to you.  

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.

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

Unfortunately, we are not able to claim Gift Aid on any purchase you make from us. However, if you are a UK taxpayer, we can, with your permission, claim Gift Aid on any donation you make to us, or have made to us in the past four years. Please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when you make a donation to us.

Walkers in previous years begin to arrive back at the moor from 11.30pm. We expect all walkers to have completed the five mile walk by midnight.

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!

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.

Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event and includes a full Santa suit, a medal and festive treats. As this is a sponsored event we ask that you try to raise sponsorship to support the vital care Children’s Hospice South West provides.

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 will provide any training that is necessary.

You can stop or change your donation at any time by informing your payroll department. If you're stopping your donation, it would be great if you could let us know too. 

If you change employer, you will need to check whether your new employer runs a Payroll Giving scheme.

Injuries and illnesses happen - they're part of life. If you are unable to take part in your challenge, the most important thing for you to do is to let us know as soon as possible. Depending on when you pull out, we might be able to give your place to somebody else, so that Children’s Hospice South West does not lose out. We will also be able to advise you on who to alert to the fact that you will have to pull out - you may need to tell the challenge tour operator, and you may need to refer to the terms and conditions of your booking - especially for overseas adventures. 

If you are unable to take part in your chosen challenge, and you have already raised sponsorship for your challenge, you will need to get in touch with everyone who has supported you to let them know that you are not actually doing the challenge they have sponsored you for. You should give them the right to request a refund on their donation. If you do not take part in your challenge, then we will not still ask you to pay in the minimum sponsorship requirement. Any registration fees you have paid are, however, non-refundable. 

Children from 0-21 years with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. We offer support for all the family. 

Medical care from specialist doctors, including out of hours cover, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Our services include: 

  • Highly specialised clinical care
  • Short breaks/respite
  • Emergency care
  • End of life care
  • Sibling support
  • Counselling
  • Complementary therapies
  • Pre and post bereavement support for all family members
  • Telephone support?  Is this offered? Contact/key worker support?
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Multi-sensory therapy
  • Play – music and art/messy play activities

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.

No. In most instances your comments should appear on the site shortly after you submit the comment. As part of the moderation process certain words are prohibited and will result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. The use of hyperlinks will also result in a comment being flagged for review prior to appearing on the site. In addition, if a comment is flagged by the community it may be removed from the site. CHSW reserves the right to remove any comment at anytime.

Entries for the Summer Raffle will close on Wednesday 5 September 2018.  The draw date will be on Monday 17 September 2018. 

We aim to provide a home from home environment and we try and re-create whatever night routine you have at home when settling your child to bed and through the night and during your child’s stay.

A bit about family accommodation, what is provided i.e. towels, bed linen etc.

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!).

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).

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.