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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.

 

No, you do not- we will take your word for it! However, if you want to show your supporters you have completed your 5k we recommend you download Strava and link this to your Just Giving page or social media- this can also help increase your fundraising.

Canonteign Falls is a tough abseil and you will need to be fit and reasonably confident on your feet to be able to get to the top of the abseil and climb over the fence at the top. If you have any doubt in your ability to take part in the abseil please discuss this with your event organisers.

Being able to walk quickly up a flight of stairs, jump a foot off the ground and climb over obstacles such as fences unaided, would be a good example of mobility needed. If you are in any doubt about your fitness / mobility to participate in abseil event you have chosen, please consult the abseil organisers first and then your doctor if needed.

A tandem skydive is an easy and enjoyable way to experience the thrills of skydiving.  Once aboard the aircraft, you will be securely harnessed to your Instructor as you ride up to your chosen altitude.  The aircraft takes approximately 10 minutes to climb to 15,000ft, giving you time to take in the views.  Once at altitude, you will get the green light for GO! 

During freefall, you will experience speeds of approximately 120mph for up to a minute, falling around 2 miles.  As the canopy opens, you will be aware of the sudden tranquillity as your speed dramatically decreases.  This allows you to talk with your Instructor, take in the expansive scenery during the 5 minute parachute ride, and land safely after helping your Instructor to steer the parachute around the sky before gliding back to the airfield.

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. 

You need to remember to bring your walker number and “ I am walking in memory of…” sign along with your decorated candle bag to hand in to our memory team. We also recommend you bring a torch and mobile phone.

You need to join the Santa’s on the Run goes freestyle 2020 event page on Facebook!

If you want to warm up please watch one of our pre-recorded festive warm ups.  There'll be links on the event page over the weekend and also you will be able to find them here on our website

When you get back from your run there will also be a special story being read by our resident elf that you and your children can watch by clicking on the link in the event or by again revisiting our webpage here.

If conditions become so bad that it is considered dangerous to continue then we may make the decision to abandon the event for that day. But a little rain won’t stop us!

No. There is no hypnotism involved. You will be fully awake at all times – indeed you will be more alert than usual. You may also withdraw at any time if you wish.

Children's Hospice South West can only directly claim back at the basic rate but please complete and return the declaration.

As a higher rate taxpayer, if you declare your donations on your tax return, you can claim a rebate based on the difference between the higher rate and the basic rate when you fill in your self-assessment form.

Yes – if you pay UK income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the amount we can claim back from HMRC.  Find out more about Gift Aid.

Dogs are welcome to join in at Bristol Harbourside, although we do not supply canine Santa suits, so feel free to get creative! Dogs are allowed into the Eden Project, but are not permitted to take part in the event and will need to remain with family or friends who are spectating during the race. Please keep them on their tinsel covered leads at all times. Dogs are not permitted into RHS Garden Rosemoor. 

Participants who register are not obliged to raise sponsorship, however this will not qualify you to receive one of our bespoke 30th anniversary medals. Alternatively, you can make a donation of the suggested minimum £30 when you register online.  

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. We can train you for most of our roles. Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills while boosting your CV.

Yes! We allocate any children a different colour so our paint throwers know to adapt their paint throwing style to suit a younger audience, to make it safe and fun for everyone. On the day, please start in the coloured group matching the colour of your youngest team member.

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.

The purchaser's name and full address. If you buy tickets for someone else (over 18 years old), you can add their details during the process. It's useful to add a daytime phone number too, as we always try to contact winners by telephone first.

You receive entry into the event village, the 5k course a Colour Craze medal and a colourful treat! 

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

  • For the 500m you will need to be aged between 12 – 16
  • For the 1000m you will need to be a minimum age of 14

Below each comment there are up-vote and down-vote buttons which will add your vote to the tally. By default comments with the most up-votes will be at the top and comments with the most down-votes will be at the bottom. You do have the ability to change the method of sorting for comments.

A computerised randomly selected weekly draw takes place every Friday. Should the Friday fall on a bank holiday, the draw will be run  the day before or the next working day.

You'll leave the Colour Craze looking very colourful, and we recommend a few showers to rinse off the paint. If you have stubborn colours in your hair washing up liquid works a treat to rid the colours. If your hair is very light, or colour treated, you may wish to wear a hat or headscarf to minimise the paint contact. 

There will be no facilities of this nature at North Somerset Showground or RAF St Mawgan, so please arrive with limited personal belongings or leave them with friends/family who are coming to watch. CHSW cannot accept responsibility for any belongings left unattended.

The Exeter Rainbow Run operates a bag drop in the foyer of Westpoint Indoor Arena for £1 a bag. Random bag searches will be in operation.

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.

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.

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.

If you can not complete your run on either of these dates, complete it on any other day following this week and let us know when you have completed it! 

 

Yes, as long as you are all registered to do the abseil on the same date.  Please state your preferred abseil times when you register and we will try our very best to get you abseiling in the same group.

Skydive Buzz will advise you of your arrival time when you book your jump.

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.

Unfortunately there are no facilities and we cannot accept liability for anything you leave behind. Please bring only what you need and are able to carry for the night.

Just add your photos or videos to the Facebook event over the weekend.  It's that simple. We'll announce the winners on Monday 14 December and let you know your prizes!

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! 

We have a minimum age of 16 years for this event. If aged between 16-18 you will require a parent or guardian to sign a consent form.

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).

Yes, you can. You can give make a donation online.

You can also call us on 01271 325 270 to donate using a credit or debit card.

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.

Absolutely!  Please email Jayne nd we can send these out to you. Just let us know how many you require!  

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.

You will need to be physically capable of walking 10 miles on the event day which will include steep hills and other upward gradients, this distance can be very challenging. Even if you walk regularly, please do not underestimate the challenge involved.  We strongly advise you to train and if you do not exercise regularly make sure you include plenty of hills in your training!

It's very easy: All you need to do is visit our volunteer opportunites page to search and register for volunteering positions.

We suggest all Rainbow Runners wear sunglasses to prevent paint drifting into your eyes. It is the adult's responsibility to ensure children in their group wear sunglasses during the event.

We will have sunglasses for sale on the day for £2.

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. 

Unfortunately we cannot claim Gift Aid on funds raised through the raffle, but if you choose to make a donation with your ticket purchase, we can claim Gift Aid on that.

The event village will open at 9.30am. Your wave time will be allocated by the order participants register for the event on our website. For health and safety, we will not have more than 500 participants per wave. The first wave will be 11.00am, the second wave will be at 12.00 noon and the third wave at 1.00pm depending on demand. Your start time will be confirmed when we send your fundraising pack. 

Please turn up one hour before your start time to register, be a part of the event village and enjoy the warm up. 

Once you’ve applied we’ll contact you with the next steps as quickly as we can and keep you updated throughout the application and selection process.  

If you’re selected, we'll want to get you started as quickly as possible but this will depend entirely on the role and what checks we need to do beforehand. If the role requires a DBS check (we’ll flag this in details about the opportunity) the process can take longer.

Approximately two weeks before the event.