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Ann's Cottage returns as sponsor for Newquay's Rainbow Run!
27 March 2017

Ann's CottageAfter last year celebrating the landmark 25th anniversary since the incredible Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) began; the Rainbow Run is back for its 4th year and here at Ann’s Cottage we are thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring this event; we have been proud sponsors of the Rainbow Run since 2014. You and all the family can join in at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay on Sunday the 25th June 2017. 

The Rainbow Run is a 5km fun run with a slight twist where you can walk, jog or run the route. There’s no prizes for being the first to cross the finish line - instead, emphasis is on taking part and raising funds for an incredible charity. Oh, and you get showered with bright powder paint explosions as you go! 

Children’s Hospice South West is an incredible charity that helps and supports children who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening illness which mean that sadly they will not reach adulthood. At their 3 hospices in the South West, they provide a loving and caring place for every member of the family from the point of their child’s diagnosis often for many years throughout their journey to bereavement and beyond.

2017’s Rainbow Run is expected to be the biggest one yet with over 700 people already registered with another 800 spaces still available it is sure to be a day to remember and what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon raising money and awareness for such a fantastic cause. 

There will be a large events village consisting of caterers and other local businesses alongside Ann’s Cottage, all showing their support with competitions throughout the day to get the whole family involved. 

Claire Frost, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We are delighted that Ann's Cottage are once again sponsoring our Rainbow Run. Their generous sponsorship means that even more money raised by everyone taking part can go straight to the hospice rather than to cover event costs which is fantastic! We hope lots of you will join us for Cornwall's most colourful run!”

Ann’s Cottage recently launched the sponsorship with members of the fundraising team from CHSW’s Little Harbour, along with members of the team from the original Ann’s Cottage store at Polzeath to celebrate the collaboration.

Rob Harris Managing Director and Owner recently visited Little Harbour at St Austell.“It is incredible what all the staff do at Children’s Hospice South West, offering expert care and support for the children and their families. I have been lucky enough to visit Little Harbour Children’s Hospice at St Austell - it was an extremely touching experience. This is such a great cause and the Ann’s Cottage team really want to help in any way we can to help raise as much money as possible.”

All sponsorship money raised by participants will go straight to the heart of the charity who are offering expert care and support for life limited children.

The Rainbow Run is open to anyone over the age of 5 years, registration costs £11 for children aged between 5 and 15 years old and £17.50 for anyone over the age of 16. You can even enter as part of a family (2 adults, 2 Children) £51.30 or as part of a large group up to 10 for £157.50. There is a suggested minimum sponsorship of £50 per person.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Set sail for sweet success!
21 March 2017

Mike SweetIn August this year Mike Sweet, Chairman of Nailsea-based H Sweet & Sons, will be setting off on the challenge of a lifetime; taking part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race in support of local charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). 

Being the only global sailing race for amateurs, The Clipper Race is unique. The 2017-18 Race will travel to South America, South Africa, Australia, SE Asia, China, North America, Ireland and Europe before returning to the UK. Having passed the Clipper Crew interview, the rigorous training is well underway – equipping crew with all the capabilities required to sail a 70-foot racing boat, including managing the sails, navigation and emergency protocols.

Mike said, ‘As part of a 20-strong crew we’ll be racing our Clipper yacht against 11 other teams over 12 races. The races circumnavigate the globe, covering 40,000 nautical miles and I’m signed up to take part in all 12 races over 8 legs.’

Mike and his team visited CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall to see for themselves the how their fundraising will support local children and families. Mike said, ‘We toured the hospice and learnt more about the crucial support this charity offers to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Seeing the facilities first hand gave us a real sense of how the charity makes a huge difference.’ 

H Sweet & Sons recently kick-started it’s fundraising by hosting a Gala Dinner at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel and raised over £5.7k for CHSW.

Janey Hellmen, corporate partnerships fundraiser at CHSW said, ‘We are delighted to have the support of Mike and his colleagues who have hit the ground running with their fundraising! We wish Mike every success with the Clipper Race and admire his dedication to raising vital funds to help us make the most of short and precious lives.’ 

To support Mike, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MikesClipperRace-CHSW

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

'Cringeworthy' Nick Henderson 'freed from jail' after making bail
01 March 2017

Tavistock businessman Nick Henderson was taken into custody last Friday by the strong arm of the law.

As part of Children’s Hospice South West fundraising, Nick was granted bail (set at £999) following a charge of ‘cringe-worthy impersonations’, which he faced along with other regional business leaders at the event in Plymouth last week.

Nick, managing director of Mansbridge Balment saw his bail increased by £350 following an altercation with the judge and an attempt to escape the courtroom.  In spite of this ‘setback’, Nick finally managed to raise sufficient funds through friends and contacts to re-gain his freedom at the final hour.

‘I have to say a huge thanks to everyone involved,’ he said. ‘The support and generosity of people has been terrific. When asked to participate by my good friend Lorna, from the hospice, how could I possibly refuse? ‘This organisation provides incredible support to the families of children with life-limiting issues and they need on-going financial support. This is one of a number of ways the hospice has to assist its fundraising and it was great fun to be part of the whole thing, which was really well organised. 

‘The local police played their part too, and added to the realism of the day — it’s wonderful when people from different aspects of the community come together in this way, it was a privilege to have taken part.’

Nick was ‘arrested’ by officers, put on trial and taken to a cell at Devonport Dockyards until his bail was reached. CHSW’s Jail and Bail is an entertaining courtroom event which sees fundraisers arrested, charged with their fictitious crimes and then placed on trial.

If the jailbirds are found guilty they will be taken into custody, photographed and banished to the cells. They are only be released if they can raise bail of £999 from their connections, including friends, family and colleagues. The fun courtroom drama raises vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West.

Source: Tavistock Times

 

Bristol businessman to be locked up for charity!
09 February 2017

Peter CloughWe can announce that Peter Clough, Partner at Osborne Clarke, is the first to be taken ‘prisoner’ in Bristol for Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) Jail & Bail fundraiser. On Friday 19th May Peter will be put on trial, along with other members of the local business community, for [fictitious] crimes which are to be disclosed at a later stage. Each inmate must then raise £999 in bail for CHSW in order to be released!  

On the day, prisoners will have just a few hours to ensure they reach their bail targets. With access to phone and Wi-Fi they will be relying on friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and customers to make donations to their online donation pages.

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW said: “We’re delighted Peter is taking part in Bristol’s first Jail & Bail fundraiser for CHSW. Osborne Clarke have been wonderful supporters of the charity, in particular our Charlton Farm hospice which supports families in and around Bristol.”

Charlton Farm offers care and support to children from Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath, West Wiltshire and North & Mid Somerset. The whole family can stay at the hospice for short breaks and are supported by the multi-disciplinary care team, including a dedicated sibling team. This allows parents to take a break from the relentless medical duties of administering medication, giving feeds and checking their child minute by minute, enabling parents time to relax, get a full night’s sleep and enjoy some quality time both as a couple and as a family.

Peter commented: "We're so proud to support CHSW and the incredible work it does in the region. The Jail & Bail fundraiser is a fantastically fun project to be involved in, and if getting locked up in jail and going to trial means I can make a difference then I am definitely up for it! 

“I am, after all, a litigation lawyer by trade so hopefully I stand a chance of making bail rather than having to stay in jail!" 

If you’re interested in being ‘locked up’ on Friday 19th May at a location in Bristol, please get in touch by emailing janey.hellmen@chsw.org.uk. For details of CHSW and its previous Jail & Bail events, visit www.chsw.org.uk/bail.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

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Over 250 gifts donated to appeal
29 December 2016

The generous local community and customers of RGB Building Supplies donated in excess of 250 gifts to the builders merchant's Christmas Present Appeal in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

RGB, which has branches in Paignton and Torquay, had been calling out for donations suitable for a child of any age or their parents and the gifts have now been given to Children's Hospice South West to distribute to children and families.

Naomi Dymond, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Children's Hospice South West, said: "We cannot thank the wonderful local community and RGB customers enough for this amazing collection of gifts.

"For those families staying with us during the festive period, we aim to make sure they have a time to remember, filling the hospices with trees, sparkles and surprises.

"It is a magical time for both grown-ups and children alike, giving them the opportunity to create special memories during difficult times. These gifts will help us to do that."

Kevin Fenlon, CEO at RGB Building Supplies, said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to our customers and the local community for all their wonderful donations.

"Children's Hospice South West provides fantastic care and support to children and families across the region and we hope the donations go some way to helping families enjoy the festive period at what must be a difficult time."

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Donate and Do Good Day is great success!
26 October 2016

Pavey GroupThe Pavey Group’s ‘DONATE & DO GOOD DAY’ for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) was a resounding success with 76 bags of shop donations collected for the charity. 

The day was held in Exeter on Tuesday 25 October and the idea was, as many busy professionals don’t have time to take their unwanted items to charity shops, the team from Pavey Group would visit the businesses to pick up collections instead! 

Whilst members of the team spent the morning collecting charity shop donations from businesses all over the area (covering an impressive 70 miles), the rest of the team worked as volunteers at CHSW’s Sidwell Street shop in Exeter helping to sort through the collections and help out with general shop duties. 

Cheryl Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Pavey Group said; Whilst raising vital funds for CHSW has been our priority, our charity committee aware also keen to spend a day volunteering, which has been supported by the business.

‘When we heard our local CHSW shop was running low on stock we wanted to help by using our business connections to generate clothing donations. Commercial client Thrifty Van and Car Hire have been incredibly supportive by donating a day’s van hire enabling us to travel between our offices in Torquay, Exeter and Holsworthy to collect the amazing donations gathered by local firms.  

‘Back in the shop our team of five volunteers will be helping to sort the new stock and generally providing help to the store manager and her team.’

CHSW is the Charity of the Year for Pavey Group and this is just one of a series of ways in which the company is supporting the charity including sponsorship of the charity’s Santas on the Run event in Holsworthy in December.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

West Pharmaceuticals bring in the cash for Little Harbour
21 October 2016

West Pharmaceuticals West Pharmaceutical Services based in St Austell and Bodmin have recently handed over a cheque for £1672.09 to local children’s charity Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The company have now raised over £30,000 for CHSW since they started supporting the charity in 2009. 

Colleagues from the pharmaceutical company completed a static cycle and bag packing day at ASDA St Austell on 20th May. The group packed hundreds of bags and cycled a total of 218km while collecting donations of £1059.20 from customers. The team also raised a further £615.20 through sponsorship from friends, family and other colleagues. 

Earlier in the year Paul Gray from West Pharmaceutical Services, St Austell took part in CHSW’s Jail and Bail event at Exeter Castle and raised £1966.58 in just one day. 

Emma Roberts HR Manager said “Through our West Without Borders program we are pleased to be able to support CHSW a charity selected by our employees. We are very proud of everyone’s efforts in 2016, and are glad to be able to support such a worthwhile cause in our local community”. 

Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We are really grateful to all of the team at West Pharmaceuticals and just feel so lucky to have the support of such a generous local company. The money donated to Little Harbour will enable us to continue providing the care and support that we offer to children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses and their families.” 

Little Harbour has been open for almost 5 years and is currently caring for around 90 life limited children and their families and over 20 bereaved families all from Cornwall, Plymouth and the surrounding areas. The hospice costs over £3million a year to run and relies almost entirely on voluntary donations, making it important to have the support of the local community. 

If you would like to support CHSW’s Little Harbour through fundraising simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/fundraising or call the Little Harbour Fundraising Team on 01726 871 800.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

Christmas comes early to The Pavey Group
07 October 2016

Pavey Group sponsors of Holsworthy Santas on the RunSanta has paid an early visit to Pavey Group’s new Holsworthy branch to announce the company’s support of Children’s Hospice South West’s brand new Santa’s on the Run event to be held in the town in December.

Cheryl Phillips, sales and marketing manager from the farming and commercial insurance brokers said: ‘Pavey Group is delighted to be sponsoring the Holsworthy Santa Run. As our charity of the year, we have already held a host of fundraising activities in our Torquay and Exeter offices, including car washes, dress down days, bake offs’ and a 210 mile walk . Being able to support this fun event in a town where we have also recently opened a new office is an ideal way for us to get involved and support the local community.

This is the first time that Children’s Hospice South West has brought its family Santa Run to Holsworthy, and event organiser Naomi Dymond said: ‘Having our festive family fun run in Holsworthy is so exciting. As it is the charity’s 25th Anniversary year, we really hope that the community supports our event and we cannot wait to see hundreds of Santas running through the Square!’

The Holsworthy Santas on the Run event will take place on the evening of Friday December 4, at 6.30pm, to coincide with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On festivities.  You can run, jog or walk the 2k route, and there’ll be prizes for the best fancy dress - so you’ll need to dig out your tinsel early! 

Registration is just £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children (aged over 3), with a family ticket for £37.50 - which includes your Santa suit and special 25th CHSW Anniversary commemorative medal. 

Money raised from the fun run helps to support local life-limited children and their families at the charity’s Little Bridge House hospice in North Devon, and you can sign up online at www.chsw.org.uk/santasholsworthy

Source: Children's Hospice South West

Take a look at your LV= Big Heart Minibus Giveaway 2016 winner!
07 October 2016

We’ve finally pumped the brakes on this charitable journey after counting up your votes. There were some excellent submissions this year and we’d like to thank you for nominating your local charities.

We’d also like to thank our finalists for taking the time to submit their entry and share their charity work with us. This year’s Big Heart Minibus Giveaway 2016 winner is… Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Congratulations, Children’s Hospice South West was nominated by Higos Insurance Services Ltd. They care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. This life-changing difference from the minibus not only appeared to be one they needed but based on the votes, one that they deserved.

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at CHSW said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the winners of this fabulous minibus and can’t thank LV= enough!  It will be used for a variety of different things, in particular by our sibling team who look after the brothers and sisters of the life-limited children who are staying with us. They regularly organise day trips for the siblings, travelling out for fun activities such as trips to the zoo or cinema.  

“Many of these children can feel left out and don’t often get the chance to enjoy trips such as this due to the pressures their families are under with caring for a poorly child. It is therefore wonderful to give them this opportunity. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so without doubt; this minibus will make a world of difference to us.”

Watch their winning video entry below:


Source: LV Broker

 

Cornwall Council Officers Row Their Way to £610 Cheque for CHSW
29 July 2016

Cornwall CouncilOfficers from Cornwall Council recently handed over a cheque for £610 to Children's Hospice South West's (CHSW) Little Harbour in St Austell. 

The donation was raised through a Charity Gig Rowing Challenge on 22nd June at Loe Beach, Feock which Truro River Rowing Club helped to organise.

More than 70 colleagues from Cornwall Council took part making up 12 crews of rowers each paying to enter the races. There was also a BBQ enjoyed by many as well as a raffle with prizes from various local businesses and supporters.

Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said "On behalf of all of the local children and families that we support at Little Harbour I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in organising and contributing to what was a fantastic fundraiser. To have raised this much money in just one day is amazing and we are so grateful for your generous donation. This is a great example of how colleagues can get together and raise vital funds for us whilst doing something fun."

Thanks go to all the businesses who donated prizes to the raffle including; Knightor Winery, Fifteen Cornwall, Great Western railway, St Michael's Hotel, The Alverton Hotel, St Austell Brewery, Tempus Leisure, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Hall for Cornwall, Eden Project, National Maritime Museum, Camel Creek Adventure Park, Kingsley Village, Skinners Brewery, Seasalt Cornwall and Warrens Butchers Launceston.

It costs over £3 million a year to run Little Harbour children’s hospice, if you would like to get together with colleagues and raise funds for CHSW and celebrate their 25th Anniversary throughout 2016 please visit www.chsw.org.uk/corporate to get some fundraising ideas or call 01726 871 800 to speak to your local Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Bernadette Chambers.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Clarks Bags Donation for CHSW
22 July 2016

Clarks by Goodenough ShoesThe Clarks Shop by Goodenough Shoes has recently handed over a cheque for £900 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) following the introduction of the carrier bag levy last year.

Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Fundraiser for CHSW explains that CHSW is celebrating its 25th Anniversary throughout 2016 and says “This donation from our relationship with Goodenough Shoes is a fantastic way to help celebrate our silver anniversary year. We are so grateful to Clarks by Goodenough Shoes for choosing to support us with the carrier bag levy and we would appreciate any other businesses to consider also supporting us through the sale of their bags.”

Some of the team from Clarks by Goodenough Shoes were treated to a tour of Little Harbour, CHSW’s children’s hospice in St Austell. They saw all of the facilities of the hospice and learned how their donation would help the charity in providing support to life limited children and their families from around the county and beyond.

John and Mark Goodenough said “We were impressed by the care facilities available to all the family at Little Harbour. It felt like a very children friendly hotel, with music and light rooms for the whole family to enjoy.

Going into the gardens we experienced the new sensory garden where you got a quick soak as part of the fun. We are glad the money from our 5p carrier bags is going to such a great cause. We look forward to continue to support Little Harbour in the future.”              

If your business would like to support CHSW through the carrier bag levy or through any other fundraising then please contact Little Harbour on 01726 871800 or email bernadette.chambers@chsw.org.uk.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Over £700 raised at #LoungeAid
22 July 2016

#LoungeaidThe staff from a local restaurant chain recently took part in a sporting event which took them from one restaurant to another via cycling and running.

On the 21st June colleagues cycled from Concho Lounge in Newquay through to Bissoe stopping at Truro Lounge on the way. From there they ditched the bikes and ran the rest of the way to Palacio Lounge in Falmouth and they raised £765.53 along the way. 

The Lounge wanted to support a local charity and fell in love with the work of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). “Helping children who are less fortunate than ourselves inspired us to raise as much money as we could to try and make a difference to their days” said Joe Hemming, Assistant Manager, Palacio Lounge. 

They wanted to do an event which included colleagues from all three Lounges in the county. The journey was a long and tiring one but they all had a blast doing it. In the evening they held an open mic night at Palacio Lounge in Falmouth to celebrate their achievement; many came along to the event, showed off their musical talents and made further donations to their total.  

Joe Hemming also said “We smashed our target and the support has been incredible. Thank you to Bissoe Bike Hire for lending us some bikes and to Saint Screens in Falmouth for getting us some fantastic t-shirts!” 

The #LoungeAid team recently presented Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Fundraiser for CHSW, with the cheque for £765.53 which Bernadette explained will help them to continue supporting and caring for life limited children and their families at CHSW’s Little Harbour children’s hospice. 

Bernadette said “I would like to thank everyone from The Lounge for their hard work in organising and taking part in this event, also to everyone that came along to support them at the open mic night and donated. We would love for other businesses to celebrate with us in our 25th Anniversary year by holding their own event helping us to raise funds to continue being able to care for and offer support to life limited children and their families.” 

For more information on CHSW’s 25th Anniversary and how to get involved with celebrating their silver anniversary with them though a Silver Party Fundraiser or any other activities visit www.chsw.org.uk/25 or call Little Harbour on 01726 871800.  

Source: Children's Hospice South West

Kellaway Building Supplies director completes Ironman for charity
19 July 2016

Sean MorganKellaway Building Supplies’ operations and commercial director Sean Morgan completed his first Ironman by swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running a 26.2 mile marathon to help raise money for the company’s chosen charity: Children’s Hospice South West

The achievement is made all the more impressive following his training being interrupted by a road accident in April.

“Unfortunately, I had been training hard when I came off my bike by a motorist while out training,” explained Mr Morgan.

He suffered serious facial and muscular injuries, as well as plenty of stiches. After hospital care, huge support from his family and a brief break from work, Mr Morgan was able to return to training only a few weeks after the accident, even more determined to complete his goal. He finished the gruelling event in an impressive 13 hours and 14 minutes, and is already planning his next event to support the charity.

Mr Morgan, who is Kellaway’s charity ambassador, has managed to raise over his initial target of £3,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West with the current figures standing at over £4,400.

“The charity does amazing work and the care they provide is invaluable to people in their hour of need. I am proud to be able to support Children’s Hospice South West, and I am delighted Kellaway have been able to get behind the charity and have completed some great fundraising and awareness events, with much more to come in the next few months,” he said.

If you would like to support Mr Morgan and the Children’s Hospice South West, you can donate to his online fundraising page.

Source: Business Merchant News

 

Perrigo donates £8,000 to sponsor a nurse at Children’s Hospice South West
20 May 2016

Sponsor a CHSW Paediatric NurseThe Perrigo Charitable Fund has donated £8,000 to sponsor a children’s nurse at Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington.

Anna Humes, PA to the Vice President and Managing Director at the Braunton based company said: ‘Children’s Hospice South West is a charity that offers such amazing help and support to families in our region, and we’re thrilled to be able to support Lorraine, one of the hospice’s children’s nurses.’

Lorraine has been a paediatric nurse at Little Bridge House for 12 years and feels that it is a privilege to be able to care for life-limited children.

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Fundraiser at Little Bridge House said: ‘It costs around £30,000 each year to fund a qualified nurse. The work of our specialist children’s nurses is incredibly important and we cannot thank the Perrigo Charitable Foundation enough for this amazing donation.  

Our nurses help families who are facing the most unimaginable challenges, supporting them through such difficult times, while providing them with memories to cherish in the future. Without the support of companies like Perrigo and their staff, we simply couldn’t continue to be there for families when they need us the most.’ 

Perrigo has supported the charity in the past by funding its teenage sibling weekend as well as sibling activities, and members of the team will be coming into the hospice to meet with Lorraine and talk about her work. 

Children’s Hospice South West is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016 and now cares for over 400 families across the region.

For more information as to how your company can help support the charity’s work, please visit www.chsw.org.uk/corporate or call Naomi on 01271 325 270.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

JCB tour raises funds for hospice
16 May 2016

Denbow JCBA JCB painted in the colours of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) stopped off at Charlton Farm during a fundraising tour of 25 towns and cities across the South West.

It is hoped the Route 25 fundraiser will raise £1 million for the hospice which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

People who spot the JCB are being encouraged to make a donation to the cause.

The Route 25 concept was created by Keith Darch, director of Denbow International Ltd, who helped to raise money for Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill to fulfil their dream in building the first hospice in the South West.

Keith said: “CHSW is a charity very close to my heart. It’s great to see how the charity has grown and I’m thrilled to once again be supporting the charity in its 25th year.”

A celebration to mark the end of the fundraiser will be held in October with a lunch, awards and a charity auction for the appeal.

Source: North Somerset Times

 

A Torquay solicitor has been 'jailed' for 'keeping a pigsty in front of his house'
16 May 2016

Jail & BailA Torquay solicitor has spent time in jail for 'keeping a pigsty in front of his house'.

Chris Linton, partner at the Torquay office of law firm Wollen Michelmore, was one of nine people who were 'arrested' to help raise £17,000 for a children's hospice.

The nine all ended up in jail at the old cells in Exeter Castle for historic crimes, which included 'keeping a pigsty in front of the house'.

It was all part of the 'Jail and Bail' event organised by Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).

They were all charged with fictitious crimes and held at Exeter Castle — which still boasts some original cells — until they could each raise their bail of £999, to be donated to the charity.

Chris, who was charged with 'keeping a pigsty in front of his house' and raised over £1,860, adding to the total of almost £17,000 raised at the event.

Chris said: "When I was contacted by Children's Hospice and asked to take part in this event I jumped at the chance. 

"Spending a few hours in jail is a small price to pay to make a big difference to several lives less fortunate than our own. It is easy to get carried away with our lives and forget the great work that people do to ensure that other people's lives are made just that little bit better.

"I would like to thank all of my sponsors for their kind and generous donations which enabled us to raise this astonishing total.

"I understand that the amount raised will help to fund a nurse working for a family for over 6 months. To know that this one day will have such an effect on the lives of a number of people over the coming months makes it all worthwhile."

Chris was one of nine 'prisoners', including Bruce Henderson from Exeter City Football Club and Christopher Dean, director of the Pavey Group, who were taken the former law courts at Exeter Castle, to be held until they could reach their bail money.

Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser at CHSW said: "I cannot thank our 'prisoners' enough for their incredible fundraising. It was such a great day and everyone involved really entered into the spirit of the day!"

For further information visit: www.chsw.org.uk/bail

Source: Torquay Herald Express

 

Optimus Team Visit Little Harbour Hospice
12 May 2016

Open DaysEarlier this year, the team at Optimus Performance Marketing (Optimus) selected Children’s Hospice South West as their annual corporate charity.  
Following this announcement, Optimus were invited by Children’s Hospice SW to visit the Little Harbour hospice near St Austell, to gain a better understanding of how the money they raise will be used.

The team were so touched by their experience that they would recommend a visit to everyone: “The trip down to Little Harbour was both heartwarming and eye opening. It’s left me wanting to raise even more money to help make a positive difference to the lives of these families.” – Josh Notman, Account Support Worker at Optimus

“What an informative and insightful tour. Seeing where our money goes is a real incentive to fundraise more and raise even more smiles.” – Holli Littlefair, Account Executive at Optimus

“Visiting Little Harbour was fascinating. Their story is incredibly inspirational which was made more amazing by the fact that they have been helping families for 25 years with very little support from the government.” – Neringa Savickaite, Account Executive at Optimus

“It was a real privilege to have been invited on the tour. Children’s Hospice SW are truly inspirational. The little details and small touches they have thought of for the families they care for is both heartwarming and smile-raising.” – Abigail Weaving, Account Executive at Optimus

“I was absolutely mesmerised by Little Harbour. The facilities available to the families are exceptional and once you see the work they do with your own eyes it gives you an even better understanding of why they need as much fundraising support as possible.” – Liam McGuire, Brand Designer at Optimus

Mark Russell, CEO at Optimus Performance Marketing added: “It has been really heartening to see our team come together and support Children’s Hospice SW. It’s such a deserving charity and the team have already raised a huge amount for them. Following such a moving visit, I’m sure we go above and beyond our fundraising targets for the year.”

This year, a few brave Optimus team members will be jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft for CHSW. If you would like to support Children’s Hospice South West and help fundraise towards the cause, please visit our page to make a donation: www.justgiving.com/teams/OptimusPMSkydive2016

Source: Optimus PM

 

Oceanfest’s anniversary tea party for Children’s Hospice South West
09 May 2016

Festival marks its 18th year by helping CHSW celebrate its 25th anniversary.

GoldCoast Oceanfest has picked Children’s Hospice South West as its chosen charity this year – and is holding a tea party to celebrate.

To mark the hospice’s 25th anniversary and as the Croyde festival ‘comes of age’ at 18 this year, it will be hosting a Silver Tea Party when it opens on Friday, June 17.

It runs from 11am-2pm, with proceeds to the hospice and the chance to have an early sneak peek at what is on offer at Oceanfest this year.

The party will be held in Tea and Jam Tent, a new feature for this year’s festival that offers revellers a chance to chill out with hot beverages and enjoy entertainment from a second performance stage.

The festival runs from June 17-19 and a strong music line-up this year includes Sunset Sons, DJ Fresh and KT Tunstall.
Event director Warren Latham said 25 years was a great achievement for the hospice and so this year there was only one choice for their chosen charity.

“We have huge respect for this organisation and how hard they work to make the most of short lives,” he said.

Entry to the Silver Tea Party is £5 and tickets can be booked via the goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk/boxoffice

Source: North Devon Gazette

 

Charity hopes South West will dig deep for JCB fundraiser
05 May 2016

The Route 25 initiative will see the specially-painted digger, provided by JCB, visiting 25 towns and cities, to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), with the route reflecting the charity’s 25th anniversary.

It is the brainchild of Keith Darch, director of Denbow International Limited, and a long-standing supporter of the charity.

The aim is to raise £1million, and Keith is hoping excitement will build during the summer as people see the digger driving around. People will be able to donate in each town by putting money into the digger’s bucket, which has been adapted.

Keith said: “It is a bit of an eyecatcher, and we hope people will give generously.”

The journey began in Bristol on May 1, and will finish in Barnstaple on October 17, before a grand finale event at Exeter’s Sandy Park on October 28.

Along the way, it will stop off in Exeter on July 11.

Source: Exmouth Journal


Locked up in Exeter Castle– all in the name of charity!
04 May 2016

2016 prisonersNine well known members of the business community are going to be ‘jailed’ on Friday 13th May at Exeter Castle and will have to raise a bail of £999 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in order to be released. 

Each ‘prisoner’ has been charged with a fictitious crime and they will be held at the castle until they raise their bail money. Exeter Castle was the City’s former Law Courts and still boasts some original cells.

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW said: ‘This is such a fun event and I’m delighted that so many members of the local business community have agreed to take part. I have a feeling that there is going to be a lot of competition between the prisoners and can’t wait to see what tricks they have to ensure they achieve their bail targets!” 

This tongue in cheek event is great fun with some of the crimes including ‘driving slower than a herd of snails’ and ‘obsessive wig wearing’.

After leaving Exeter Police station – in their prison suits - the prisoners will have just a few hours to ensure they reach their bail targets. With access to phone and Wi-Fi they will be relying on friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and customers to make donations to their online donation pages - so it’s going to be frenzy of fundraising! 

If you would like to help bail out one of the prisoners and support them in raising as much money as possible for CHSW, details of all the prisoner’s convictions and their donation pages can be found at www.chsw.org.uk/bail.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Torquay businessman will go to 'jail' for charity
01 May 2016

A Torquay businessman will be 'jailed' to raise money for Children's Hospice South West.

Chris Linton from the Torquay office of Wollen Michelmore LLP is going to be jailed on May 13 at Exeter Castle and will have to raise a bail of £999 for Children's Hospice South West in order to be released.

Chris has been charged with breaching several historic Acts of Parliament including 'Keeping a pigsty in front of his house' and he will be held at the castle until he can raise his bail money.

Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser at Children's Hospice South West said: "Jail and Bail is such a fun event and I have a feeling that there is going to be a lot of competition between the prisoners. We can't wait to see what tricks they do to ensure they achieve their bail targets."

Chris will be amongst a group of nine 'prisoners', including Bruce Henderson from Exeter City Football Club and Wendy Bennett, regional sales director of Bovis Homes, who will be taken from Exeter Police station to the city's former law courts at Exeter Castle - which still boosts some original cells.

The prisoners will then have just a few hours to ensure they reach their bail targets. With access to phone and Wi-Fi they will be relying on friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and customers to make donations to their online donation pages.

For more information, and to donate, www.chsw.org.uk/bail.

Source: Herald Express

 

Over £2000 Raised at Julian Foye's Silver St Pirans Day
25 April 2016

Julian FoyeThe team from local furniture shop Julian Foye has recently handed over a cheque for £2234.35 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) following a big fundraising day.

To celebrate CHSW’s 25th Anniversary the store held a silver celebration day at their Holmbush store which coincided with St Pirans Day on 5th March.

Jeanette Eustace from Julian Foye said “Here at Julian Foye the furnishers when we looked to plan an open day at our St Austell branch we decided to choose a local charity and use the open day to raise funds for them, the local children’s hospice immediately came to mind and was a popular choice amongst staff.

We found that Children’s Hospice South West are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and were looking for help by people holding a silver party, so that’s what we decided to do.

We chose St Piran’s day, with Cornish themed food and entertainment. To raise funds we held a raffle and also ran games on the day, along with donations we are so pleased to have raised £2234.35 for CHSW.

A fun day was had by all and what better way to raise money than with cakes! Thank you to everyone involved for the support, especially Ekornes for the generous donation of a Stressless chair as the Grand Prize in the raffle and again to the many other organisations with their kind contributions.”

Included in their fundraising total is match funding which Julian Foye received from Barclays which has made a fantastic contribution to the donations already received.

Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We would like to thank everyone from Julian Foye furnishers for their hard work in organising their Silver Celebration Day for CHSW and for everyone who came along and made donations on the day.

"We would love for other businesses to join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary by holding their own silver parties throughout the year, helping us to raise funds to continue being able to offer care and support to life limited children and their families."

For more information on CHSW’s 25th Anniversary and how to get involved with celebrating their anniversary with them through a Silver Party Fundraiser or other activity simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/25.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Accountants' quiz night adds up to fundraising boost for children's hospices
22 April 2016

Accounting colleagues' fundraising efforts have added up to £1,000 for children's hospices.

Staff at the Truro office of Bishop Fleming raised the money for Children's Hospice South West, which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families, through its annual Charity Sports Quiz at Truro City Football Club. The team from Optical Service UK Ltd in Liskeard beat 18 others to win.

Quiz master and Bishop Fleming partner Ian Fraser thanked NatWest for providing match funding of £750, adding: "We were delighted to raise these much needed funds for such a worthwhile cause."

Bernadette Chambers, from the charity, which runs Little Harbour hospice at St Austell, thanked all involved and said that "2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the charity and it is fantastic to have so many people and businesses supporting us through this special year."

Source: West Briton

 

Green faces at LV= Exeter
14 April 2016

LV= Exeter sponsor Rainbow Run ExeterGet ready to resemble the Incredible Hulk as the Exeter office of insurance specialists, LV=, is once again in charge of throwing the green paint at Children’s Hospice South West’s flagship fundraising event, the Rainbow Run at Exeter Racecourse in June.

Samantha Preece, Head of Corporate Responsibility LV= said: “Our people love to get involved in supporting local good causes and it's fantastic to be able to support Children’s Hospice South West for a third consecutive year.

"As a founding sponsor of the Rainbow Run, we're delighted with the amount of money that has been raised from the event to help CHSW continue their great work locally. As this year sees CHSW celebrate its 25th Anniversary we'd encourage everyone to come along and join in with the fun."

LV=Exeter is one of five paint station sponsors at this iconic event, and they certainly take their job of paint throwing seriously!

This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever as the charity celebrates its 25th Anniversary, and Naomi Dymond, Corporate Fundraiser said: "Rainbow Run is such an entertaining event and we love the fact that local companies are so supportive.

"Having LV=Exeter back for a third year is brilliant, and we can’t wait to see all the green faces again!"

Rainbow Run is at Exeter Racecourse on Saturday June 11. Priced at just £15 for adults and £10 for children or a family ticket of £40, it’s a great way to have fun and help your local children’s hospice charity at the same time.

For more information, or to register online, visit www.chsw.org.uk/rainbowexeter

LV=Exeter is also sponsoring a charity abseil event for Children’s Hospice South West to be held at Canonteign Falls, near Dartmoor on 30 and 31 July. Sign up at www.chsw.org.uk/abseil

Source: Exeter Daily

 

Retailer Gilletts Callington donate £6,000 to Children's Hospice South West
13 April 2016

A South East Cornwall business has donated £6,000 to Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).
Gilletts Callington, which has SPAR stores in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, used money raised from the introduction of the new carrier bag charge.

The company is a long term supporter of CHSW and in 2015 raised £16,500 from collection tins in store.

The SPAR shops raised the £6,000 in just two months following the introduction of the bag levy in October which meant all large businesses have to now charge 5p for each carrier bag.

Vanessa Whitting, from Gilletts, said: "Gillett's Callington have a long standing relationship with CHSW and have been actively supporting the work that CHSW does for a number of years.

"Having visited Little Harbour children's hospice, we are aware of just what a special place it is, in the way that it supports the whole family, when they are facing the difficulties having a life limiting child brings.

"We chose to give the money the carrier bag levy raised in our stores for 2 months to CHSW because it is a local charity that offers people in local communities who may be our customers, the respite and support they need when they most need it. We are delighted to be associated with this amazing charity."

Bernadette Chambers, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Gilletts Callington Ltd have chosen to donate this money to CHSW, it is such a generous gift.

"It costs over £2 million a year to run Little Harbour children's hospice in St Austell so a gift like this really will make a difference to the care and support that we can offer local children and their families in very challenging times."

The charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and several fundraising activities are happening of Cornwall and the rest of the South West.

Anyone who wants to get involved or raise funds should visit www.chsw.org.uk or call on 01726 871800 to speak to a fundraiser.

Source: Cornish Guardian

 

Betty Stogs competes in the Hawkins Driver's Challenge to win £500 for Little Harbour
07 April 2016

Betty Stogs, ambassador of local brewery Skinners Brewery, has taken on the Hawkins Motor Group Driving Challenge to win £500 for her chosen charity, Little Harbour Children's Hospice South West.

Betty Stogs has previously supported CHSW by taking part in last year's Jail and Bail event, raising an incredible £3,976.75.

Driving around St Eval kart circuit in the stylish Citroen C1, Betty is now competing to earn £500 for her charity. The winner is decided by most views on Youtube by Friday 22nd April 2016.

Please watch and share the video with yout colleagues, family and friends!


Source: Hawkins Motor Group

 

Easter eggs donated to Children's Hospice by firm's Barnstaple branch
06 April 2016

Acorn recruitment and training agencyMulti-specialist recruitment and training agency, Acorn, has presented Children's Hospice South West with Easter Egg donations from the community.

Acorn's Barnstaple Branch on Boutport Street has been collecting Easter Eggs and monetary donations from local businesses in aid of the hospice.

Jessica Williams, Team Leader for Acorn's Barnstaple Branch, said: "The Easter egg collection was a fantastic opportunity for us to give something real and tangible back to the community in which we work.

"We were able to give more than 85 eggs to the children and more than £200 in monetary donations to the hospice and it was a great feeling to be able to deliver the eggs just in time for the Easter break."

Source: North Devon Journal

 

 

 

 

‘25 Bags for 25 Years’ celebration fundraiser
31 March 2016

OptimusThis year marks the 25th anniversary of Children’s Hospice South West. Optimus Performance Marketing (Optimus) celebrated this milestone with their first fundraising campaign, ‘25 bags for 25 years’ which is estimated to have raised a total of £625.

Founded in 1990, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is a local charity committed to making the most of short and precious lives. With their three hospices located around the South West, in total costing the charity around £8.5 million, fundraising is vitally essential to allow the charity to continue doing the fantastic work that they do.

Last month, Optimus announced their corporate fundraising partnership with CHSW. This month marked the agencies first event of several planned internal fundraising event, ‘25 bags for 25 years’.

Employees of Optimus were kindly asked to donate at least one bag of unwanted goods (from cuddly toys, clothes, books, shoes, bedding etc.). These bags have an estimated value of £625 to kick start their fundraising efforts in style.

Lorna Damella, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said: “We are absolutely delighted that the team at Optimus have chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West. We look after children and families from all across Plymouth and Cornwall at Little Harbour, our children’s hospice in St Austell and we rely almost entirely on donations to keep our service running. Thank you for helping us to continue supporting these children and their short and precious lives.”

Mark Russell, CEO at Optimus commented: “It has been really inspiring to see our team come together to support Children’s Hospice South West, helping to make the charities 25th anniversary year one to remember. The 25 bags for 25 Years campaign is just the beginning of a calendar of events our team has planned and I’m looking forward to seeing how much we can raise for such a worthy cause.”

Optimus have a line of exciting events coming up in the next couple of months; members of the team will be running and volunteering at the Plymouth Half Marathon in April; they will be sponsoring a paint stand at the rainbow run in June followed by members of the team getting involved in a sponsored skydive in September.

Source: Optimus

 

Blueriver Cottages raises £935 for Children's Hospice South West
29 March 2016

Blueriver CottagesBlueriver Cottages presented a cheque for £935 to Children’s Hospice South West, following a cake sale and raffle last weekend.

The holiday cottages company raised £370 by selling raffle tickets and cakes from their office in Kingsbridge on Saturday, March 26.

The company also raised a further £565 by donating £1 from every one of its holiday bookings to the charity.

Kate Newell from Blue River Cottages said: ‘It was a great day and very busy from the start. We would like to say a big thank you to Thurlestone Hotel staff for not only donating a raffle prize, but baking and helping out on the day as well.

‘Other people we would like to thank are Bouncy Jim’s bouncy castle hire, the Crabshell Inn, Stokeley Farm shop, Emma Please, the Rowbury Gallery, Becky Bettesworth, Luscombe Maye and Save a Packet.’

Kate continued: ‘We have supported CHSW for a couple of years now and originally got the inspiration to support the charity from our managing director Phil Hayward’s mum Elaine, who has always helped with fundraising events for the hospice for several years.

‘It is a charity that all the staff feel is a lovely organisation and we always try to help raise money for them when we can.’

Children’s Hospice South West provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West.

Source: Kingsbridge Today

 

Optimus steps up to the challenge for Children’s Hospice South West
08 March 2016

Optimus Performance MarketingThe team at Optimus have devised a plan to smash fundraising records and really make a difference to the families that CHSW support.

Children’s Hospice South West is a charity committed to making the most of short and precious lives.

The care offered at each of their hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families.  

Since it started, the charity has founded 3 hospices across the South West; Little Bridge House, Charlton Farm and Little Harbour.

Fundraising is essential and the charity relies on £8.5 Million of support to cover the running costs and continue to keep doing the amazing work that they do.

This year the hospice is celebrating their 25th anniversary which is the basis of Optimus’ first fundraiser, 25 bags (full of toys, books, and bedding) for 25 years.

Other fundraising activities planned include; Plymouth Half Marathon in April, the Rainbow Run in June, skydive in September plus many more scheduled events throughout the year.

Mark Russell, Chief Executive Officer of Optimus commented: “Myself and the team visited the Little Harbour hospice and were so touched by the work they do we wanted to get involved in a more formal and proactive capacity. With our head office in Devon, we are big champions of the South West and Children’s Hospice South West serves hundreds of families right on our doorstep.”

Lorna Damella, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said: “We are so pleased to have Optimus on board supporting the charity in our special 25th Anniversary year. We rely almost entirely on donations to continue offering the care and support that we do to the children and families we look after. We are looking forward to the year ahead!”

Source: Optimus

 

Scorrier-based Dainton Group Services continue relentless fundraising with charity concert
02 March 2016

Dainton Self StorageGenerous staff at a self-storage business have added a further £3,000 to their already impressive fundraising total.
Employees at Scorrier-based Dainton Group Services have now raised more than £12,000 for Children's Hospice South West in the last three years.

Dainton's staff took the charity to heart after visiting the Little Bridge Hospice in Barnstaple in 2013 and adopted Children's Hospice South West as their local charity of the year.

Since then staff have thrown themselves into fundraising activities, sometimes literally, with sponsored skydiving and abseiling challenges.

In the last 12 months, Dainton have raised another £3,000 through customer donations and by reselling returned cardboard boxes at their self-storage and removal facilities throughout Devon and Cornwall.

The company were also supported by their suppliers and business park tenants who donated prizes for a Christmas raffle, with all proceeds going to Children's Hospice South West.

Dainton's managing director Paul Maddicott said "Many of our staff have children of their own so we could identify with Children's Hospice South West.

"Our staff, suppliers and generous customers embraced the fundraising activities undertaken in the first year, so much so that what started as one year of support turned into three. We couldn't have envisaged raising so much when we started our fundraising partnerships with the children's hospice."

Source: West Briton

 

Stein’s raise £17,500 for Children’s Hospice South West
02 March 2016

Rick Stein and Jill Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow has raised £17,500 for local charity Children’s Hospice South West

The restaurant hosted charity lunches between Tuesday 12th January and Friday 12th February offering diners a special priced lunch menu of £19 for three courses and asked guests to donate £2.50 straight to the charity. 

Guests enjoyed some of Rick’s favourite seafood dishes with classic flavours and the freshest fish.

Dishes included Japanese fish cakes with salmon & herring, Chettinad masala fish curry and Seville orange tart with lemon yogurt sorbet.  

Jill Stein, commented: “This is the first year that we have supported Children’s Hospice South West and we are very pleased to have raised £17,500 for such a great and well deserving charity.” 

Since 2001, The Seafood Restaurant charity lunches have raised over £110,000 for local disadvantaged children charities.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Children’s Hospice South West will receive the total money raised, beating last year’s total of £13,500 donated to Save the Children. 

Emma Lloyd-Cowell, head of fundraising at Children’s Hospice South West commented: “We are so overwhelmed by the generosity that people have shown towards Children's Hospice South West and we thank Jill and Rick Stein and all the staff at The Seafood Restaurant for their incredible support with their delicious charity lunches.

Such a staggering amount will help us make a massive difference to local families with life limited children who face a very fragile and heartbreaking future.

We care for the poorly child, support mum and dad and help the well brothers and sisters spend precious time together without the worries of caring. Thank you to everyone involved for helping us make the most of short and precious lives.”

Source: Rick Stein

 

Exeter to Paris in four days!
01 March 2016

Team Carling - Exeter to Paris in 4 days!A team from Carling Technologies in Exeter is training hard for their charity cycle ride from Exeter to Paris – all in support of Children’s Hospice South West.

The ride will take place from the 27 – 30 May and the team has set themselves a target of raising £50,000 for the hospice which cares for children, and their families, who are not expected to live until adulthood.

Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser at the Little Bridge Househospice in Devon, was on hand to dole out cups of tea to the riders and said: ‘We are so delighted to have the support of Carling Technologies and it was great to be able to meet so many of the team before they set off on their training cycle back to Exeter.’

‘It costs over £3 million to fund our services for children and families in Devon and we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so this amazing fundraising ride will really make a difference to making the most of short and precious lives.’

You can sponsor Team Carling by visiting their online fundraising page.

Source: Exeter Daily

 

Cornish lawyers hitting the road to take part in fundraising Ride for Precious Lives
24 February 2016

Stephens ScownA team of lawyers from Cornish law firm Stephens Scown will be saddling up this summer to take part in the Children’s Hospice South West Ride for Precious Lives, a demanding 205 mile trip over three days from Cornwall to Bristol.

The Scown Wheelers hope to raise plenty of funds for the great cause through their six-strong team, which includes managing partner Robert Camp. Children’s Hospice South West is Stephens Scown’s charity of the year, with the firm aiming to raise money for them through many more activities over the course of 2016.

The Ride for Precious Lives from July 8 to 10 will take in each of the charity’s three hospices, Little Harbour near St Austell, Little Bridge House near Barnstaple, and Charlton Farm near Bristol.

The event attracts cyclists of all abilities and has raised £335,000 over the past five years.      

Mr Camp said: “We’re really excited about taking part in this ride to raise vital funds for this really important charity. I’m delighted that Children’s Hospice South West is our charity of the year for 2016. Hopefully we can raise thousands of pounds for them and the children they look after.

"The ride sounds great fun, even if we’re all expecting to be just a little saddle sore afterwards."

The Scown Wheelers have set up a Just Giving page where people can pledge their support - virginmoneygiving.com/StephensScown.

Source: Falmouth Packet, Stephen Scown

 

Taste of the West takes up the challenge for CHSW
22 February 2016

Taste of the WestExeter based Taste of the West, the South West’s regional food group, has signed up for Children’s Hospice South West’s £50 challenge in a double celebration of not only its own anniversary, but also 25 years of the charity.

Emma Grainger, Hospitality Awards Co-ordinator at Taste of the West, said: "The fact that 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of both Taste of the West and Children’s Hospice South West, it seemed to make perfect sense to adopt them as our charity of the year.

"The £50 Challenge is just one of a series of fundraising initiatives that we hope to do this year to help raise money and awareness of this special charity."

"To start with there will be hampers laden with South West award winning produce to be won and the first of these will be available at Source, the Taste of the West trade show at Westpoint on 10th and 11th February.

The £50 challenge is designed to test business skills, and this year’s challenge has been kindly sponsored by Old Mill Accountants of Exeter.

Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser for the hospice said: "The £50 challenge is such a simple way for companies to support us. The idea is to take an initial investment of £50, provided by us, and see what you can turn it into.

"It’s a challenge that invites wacky ideas from sponsored men’s leg waxes to dress-down days. And with our online Leaderboard, it creates a really competitive arena with companies trying to outdo one another.

"As it is our 25th Anniversary this year, we’re hoping that we can encourage even more companies to take part, and we can’t wait to see what ideas this year’s challenge brings!"

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has offered help and support to thousands of life-limited children and their families over its 25 years. It costs are over £8million each year to run its three hospices in the region. As this funding is met almost entirely from voluntary donations, fundraising initiatives such as the £50 Challenge are vital to ensure CHSW can continue to provide its services into the future.

If your company would like to join Taste of the West in the £50 challenge, either visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge or email naomi.dymond@chsw.org.uk

Source: Exeter Daily

 

Girling Jones set to get muddy for CHSW
08 February 2016

Girling Jones to get muddy for CHSWA team from the Exeter office of recruitment consultants, Girling Jones is braving mud, obstacles and freezing water all in the name of charity. The company has signed up for this year’s Rocksolid Race at Escot Park near Exeter all in support of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Fiona Blackwell, Principal Consultant at the company said: ‘We LOVE taking part in Rock Solid Race. It’s a fantastic team day out and it’s great to see the fellow CHSW supporters cheering you on along the way. There’s a real camaraderie at the event and it’s great to be part of it and support our chosen charity at the same time.’

The company has chosen Children’s Hospice South West as its charity of the year. 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the charity by Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill, following their own experience of having two life-limited children.

Since its creation, the charity has offered help and support to thousands of children and their families across the region and now has hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

It costs over £8million to run all three hospices and this is met almost entirely be voluntary donations.

Support from companies such as Girling Jones is vital to its continued work. 

Take part in RockSolid for CHSW

Find out more about our 25th Anniversary

Source:  The Exeter Daily

 

The Cornwall Hotel helps raise a smile
05 February 2016

The Cornwall HotelA Cornish charity caring for children with life limiting illnesses and their families is to be given a welcome boost by a local hotel.

The Cornwall hotel in St Austell had pledged to raise funds throughout 2016 to show support for the vital worked carried out at Little Harbour, part of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Over the next 12 months, the hotel and spa will give £2 for every £1 donated to the charity, until a target of £45k is reached. After this milestone is reached, the hotel will carry on fundraising efforts.

Jamie Le Friec, general manager at The Cornwall, said: “We are truly honoured to be working in partnership with Little Harbour. As a family focused hotel ourselves, raising money and awareness for a children’s hospice is so close to our hearts.”

Source: Business Cornwall

 

Thomson Reuters pledges support for children's charity
05 February 2016

Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has pledged another year of support to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) by signing up to sponsor one of the colour zones at this year’s popular Rainbow Run.

Digita chose the Children’s Hospice as its nominated charity for 2015 and has pledged to continue the support by extending its fund-raising efforts throughout 2016.

CHSW provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care is wide-ranging and includes respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Digita for our Exeter Rainbow Run this year. This is a very special year for Children’s Hospice South West as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, so this year’s run is set to be our biggest and best yet!” said Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for the Hospice.

The Rainbow Run will take place at Exeter Racecourse on Saturday 11, June and participants can walk, jog or run their way through five kilometres of colour explosion. Everyone wears white and is showered with vibrant coloured powder paint at each Rainbow Zone.

Naomi added:  “We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so, without the support of businesses such as Digita, we simply couldn’t continue to be there for life-limited children and their families across the South West. Thank you everyone, for helping us to make the most of these short and precious lives.”

Digita, is part of the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters and delivers time-saving efficiencies to over 2,000 tax and accountancy practices in the UK and Ireland.  During 2015, the company organised a number of events including a bake off, the Digita Wii Olympics and a Christmas Hamper raffle, raising in excess of £1,500 for the Hospice. 

“We’re really excited to be joining in this year’s Rainbow Run. As well as sponsoring the Pink colour station, we are also getting a team of runners together to take part and we are already looking forward to a fun day and raising money for a great cause.” said Andrew Flanagan, managing director, Digita.

“The work the Hospice does is so important to the young people who need care and their families.  We are looking forward to organising a series of events throughout the year to help raise the vital funds they need to continue its excellent work.”

Anyone over the age of five years can enter the Rainbow Run and special discounts are also available for teams and families. For more information and to register online, visit www.chsw.org.uk/rainbowexeter

Source: Exmouth Journal, Exeter Daily

 

Saunton Sands Hotel raises over £6000 for Children’s Hospice South West
20 January 2016

Saunton Sands - Brend HotelsChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) was delighted to be the chosen charity at the Saunton Sands Hotel annual Celebrity Golf Day & Dinner held last November. 

The team from the hotel presented Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser at the charity’s Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington with a cheque for £6174.10, which included an additional £500 raised from a Boxing Day beach walk. 

Naomi said: ‘It costs over £8 million each year to provide our services to life-limited children and their families at our three hospices, and we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations.

Support from companies such as Brend Hotels really does help us to make the most of short and precious lives.’ 

2016 marks 25 years since the charity was first founded by Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill.

If your company would like to fundraise for CHSW, contact naomi.dymond@chsw.org.uk or if you would like to find out more about how you can support the charity in its 25th Anniversary year, see www.chsw.org.uk/25

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

GDS International raise £30,000 for Children’s Hospice South West
09 December 2015

GDS InternationalAfter a year of bake sales, skills auctions, and one very long walk (dressed as Gruffalos), GDS International’s Bristol office presented a cheque for £30,000 to Children’s Hospice South West.

Every year, GDS International (a business events and media company based in Bristol), chooses a charity partner through its GDS Cares programme. This year, GDS Cares has been raising funds and awareness for a Children’s Hospice South West.

CHSW provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West of England.

Twenty representatives from GDS International’s 150 staff in Bristol visited CHSW’s Charlton Farm Hospice in Wraxall, North Somerset to find out first-hand about the care CHSW provides to over 1000 life-limited children across the South West.

CHSW solely exists through external donations, and has a running cost of £1.7m a year. After reading some of the farewell messages from siblings to their young brothers and sisters, Jason knew GDS Cares had found its focus. “I admit I welled up,” says Jason. “And I knew we would all commit to contributing as much as we possibly could to this wonderful charity.”

A year of fundraising followed, from regular bake sales to auctioning GDS staff skills and time, an 80s disco and a huge two-day, 30-mile bed push from Charlton Farm to Cheddar and back dressed as children’s favourite, The Gruffalo. The result was a brilliant £30,000 raised, which was presented to CHSW’s Louise Turner at this year’s GDS Christmas party.  GDS International raised well over their original target of £10,000.

“We have received wonderful support from the team at GDS this year, with everybody really getting involved with the fundraising efforts,” says Louise.

“Every employee should be extremely proud of raising a staggering total of £30,000. We are all so grateful for the hard work and enthusiasm shown in raising this for the children and families that use Charlton Farm.”

Source: The Bristol Magazine, Bristol Media

 

Bridgwater business, Hippychick, raises over £2,500 for Children’s Hospice South West
03 December 2015

Hippychick

A Bridgwater business has turned £100 into £2,267 in just three months through a unique charity challenge.

Hippychick, which sells baby and toddler products, took part in the £50 Challenge, an initiative designed to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West.

The initiative invited local businesses to accumulate funds, with a starting sum of £50 which was provided by the hospice.

The Hippychick £50 challenge kicked off on September 1 and to add a competitive element, two rival teams were created – the Hippy Chaps and the Hippy Chicks.

Each team were given the starting £50 donation by Children’s Hospice South West - Hippychick's chosen charity.
The winning team were the girls raising £1425.

Managing director, Julia Minchin, who was recently named as a finalist in the 2015 NatWest everywoman Awards, was delighted to see the entire work force throw themselves into the challenge.

The boys team fundraised through a Halloween dinner party, Scott taking part in Stoptober and a chilli and curry night.
The girls had a more consistent approach, using e-bay, betting horses, candle-making and cake making on a regular basis.
A last minute coffee morning fundraiser, held at Julia’s house, unbeknownst to the Hippy Chaps, gave the girls the final boost they needed to take them into pole position.

This event raised £875 from donations on the door as well as cake sales, accessory stalls and sales of Hippychick products from a stand set up in her sitting room.      

Katie Edmondson, from Children’s Hospice South West, said: "Both teams showed great entrepreneurial prowess in order to grow the initial investment of £50 and they’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

"The funds raised from Hippychick’s participation in the £50 Challenge will allow us to continue to support local life-limited children and their families at our Charlton Farm hospice."

Source: Bridgwater Mercury, Toy News

 

Culdrose technician raises over £1,500 as part of jail and bail event
28 November 2015

Prisoners raise £23,000A volunteer from 829 squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has helped raise £24,000 for its affiliated charity Children’s Hospice South West by taking part in a Jail and Bail fundraiser with a group of nine volunteers.

Petty Officer Aircraft Engineering Technician (POAET) Andy Ross signed up to the event back in March in support of Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell.

He said: “I was approached to take part in the fundraiser and I didn’t have to think twice about it. I visited the hospice in April and it was emotional to say the least. After seeing the facilities they have to offer, the amount of care they provide, and the number of families that rely on their help and support I was blown away, and it gave me the motivational drive and determination to raise as much money as I could.”

The volunteers started the day at Bodmin Police Station, where they were arrested and transported to Bodmin Court. Once tried and convicted the prisoners were taken to a holding cell where they had to remain until they paid their bail, which was set at £999.

Thankfully Andy raised over £1500 alone, and so his incarceration was short lived. The group's collective effort was a vast sum, in excess of £24,000.   

The funds raised will greatly help the hospice continue to provide it’s much valued, vital and wide ranging care, to children and their families in the south west with life-limiting conditions.

Andy added: “We have raised an outstanding amount of money for a fantastic charity. I am over the moon to be part of the team, but this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the people that donated. It’s all of them I’m proud of.”

Source: Falmouth Packet

 

Plymouth firm offers free storage in aid of hospice
24 November 2015

Dainton Self StorageFather Christmas and parents across Plymouth are being offered free storage for presents in the run-up to Christmas in aid of a local hospice.

Following recent crisis talks at the North Pole workshops Dainton Self Storage have offered to help by storing presents for the children of Plymouth at their storage facilities at Drake Mill Business Park in Estover and Lee Mill Industrial Estate near Ivybridge.

Speaking on behalf of the storage company, Dainton’s Elf Storage Manager Tina Ousby-Walters, said “As the countdown to Christmas begins, we are offering members of the public free storage for their presents.
“We all remember as children the excitement of Christmas and the strong temptation to have a sneaky look for the presents our parents may have hidden around the house.

“You can be confident that with Elf Storage your presents are safe from curious children and partners.”

In return for free storage of Christmas presents, Dainton Elf Storage are asking for a small voluntary contribution of just £1 to help them meet their fundraising goal for Children's Hospice South West.

Shaun Duncan, Dainton's operations director, said: “Christmas is a magical time for children, however through our work with Children's Hospice South West we know that for some families it can also be challenging and they need extra special care.

“Elf Storage is our way of raising awareness of the Charity's very valuable services that benefit local families throughout the year.”

Dainton will store the Christmas gifts in their secure storage units ready for collection on or before December 24.
Elf Storage is perfect for storing bikes or a collection of smaller presents.

The self storage company has already had enquiries about the service and is confident of exceeding their fundraising goal.

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at CHSW, says: “Many parents of the children we provide care for feel overwhelmed by the competing demands they are juggling at this time of year – the round the clock needs of their child, the anticipation of brothers and sisters and the challenge of preparing all the festive fare.

This is why our hospices remain open throughout the year – so we can be there for families, whenever they need us, to provide much needed support.”

Parents who want to take advantage of Elf Storage and support Children's Hospice South West can call Dainton's Estover depot on 01752 786589, email plymouth@dainton.com or the Lee Mill depot on 01752 895999, email leemill@dainton.com or visit www.dainton.com/elf-storage.

Source: Plymouth Herald, West Briton

 

Team training for Children's Hospice South West Santa Run in Vivary Park, Taunton
16 November 2015

SupacatWhat have Santa and buses got in common?

We all know you can stand at the bus stop for ages and nothing happens until suddenly two or three buses come round the corner at the same time.

Similarly you go nearly a year without seeing a single Santa – then out of the blue 14 of them appear together.
The team from Supacat are taking part in the Children’s Hospice South West’s Santa Run in Vivary Park, Taunton, on Saturday, November 28, at 12noon.

A spokesman for the Santas said: “‘We’re all looking forward to having a laugh together as a team and raising money for Children’s Hospice South West. We can’t wait.”

It costs £12 for adults to take part, £6 for under 16s (under 3s free), or £30 for a family ticket - which includes your Santa suit, medal and festive treats.

Sign up today at www.chsw.org.uk/santastaunton

Source: Somerset County Gazette

 

"Prisoners" raise over £23,000 for Children's Hospice South West
16 November 2015

Prisoners raise £23,000Children’s Hospice South West’s first ever Jail and Bail event on Friday has already raised a whopping £23,000, with more money still coming in.

Betty Stogs, Skinners' Queen of Ales; comedian Johnny Cowling; Steve Chapman from CHSW’s Roseland Friends' Group; Shane Solomon, from the Cornwall Channel; Andy Ross from RNAS Culdrose; Roger Lyle from Mitchel and Webber; Neil Skyba from Polymermedics; Matt Franks from Fluid Branding and Stuart Jarvis from Santander were the nine "prisoners" who took part.

They assembled at Bodmin Police Station on Friday morning and were then transported in police vans to the Bodmin Court Room Experience on Mount Folly. Their charges were read, evidence was given and some colleagues came along to speak as witnesses. Following their plea all prisoners were found guilty of their crimes and had just four hours to each raise their bail sum of £999 to be released.

Prisoners were calling friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and clients to persuade them to make a donation towards their bail. When 4pm came the fundraising team announced that £23,112 had been raised in just four hours but it was clear that donations were still rolling in.

The success of Jail and Bail far exceeded the expectations of CHSW’s fundraising team. Sarah Stott, corporate partnerships fundraiser, said: “On behalf of all of the children and families we care for I would like to thank each and every one of our nine prisoners and their supporters for helping to raise such an incredible sum of money. We were blown away by the donations given to help bail our prisoners out and it was an absolutely fantastic day. Thank you all so much.”      

CHSW would like to thank the team at Bodmin Courtroom Experience, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Bodmin Town Council, Pirate FM, Skinners Brewery, "Prison Warden" Jonathan Start of Start & Co and "Judge" Chris Batters.

Money raised from Jail and Bail will go straight towards the care and support offered by CHSW to children with life limiting illnesses and their families that use Little Harbour in St Austell, which costs over £2million a year to run.

Source: Bristol Post, Cornish Guardian

 

Betty Stoggs and Johnny Cowling facing jail on Friday
08 November 2015

Bail out Betty StogsNine people will be jailed in Bodmin on Friday 13 November and will plead to be released on bail.

The Bodmin Nine, who will include entertainer and Pirate FM presenter Johnny Cowling and Truro's Queen of Ale Betty Stoggs, are raising money for Children's Hospice South West, and each has to raise £999 to be get out of jail.

Each prisoner will be charged with a fictitious crime at a hearing at Bodmin's Shire Centre court - formally the county's assizes.

They will then be locked up and have just four hours to raise their £999 bail and be freed. In those four hours they will have access to phone and Wi-Fi and will be relying on friends, family, colleagues, and other supporters to make donations to their online pages.

Sarah Stott, corporate fundraiser for CHSW, said: "We are really excited about this new event and are so lucky to have eight individuals taking part who are so passionate about the charity.

"I am anticipating that there is going to be a lot of competition between the prisoners and they are aiming high with their fundraising."

People who would like to bail out one of the prisoners and support CHSW, can donate money on Friday between midday and 4pm or await a call from a prisoner on the day.

The list of prisoners and their convictions and donation pages can be found at www.chsw.org.uk/bail

Source: West Briton, Cornish Guardian

 

Wide array of choice in corporate greetings package to help hospice
05 November 2015

Corporate Christmas PackageChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has launched a new Christmas greetings package for businesses.

For businesses deciding not to post Christmas cards, the package features a suite including Christmas e-card, e-mail footer, social media graphic and graphics for websites.

Naomi Dymond, corporate partnerships fundraiser, said: "With the cost of postage and printing always on the rise and time being at a premium within business settings.

"This is a fantastic way to still send your festive message out to clients, customers and colleagues, while supporting CHSW at the same time."

CHSW is also encouraging businesses to think about supporting the charity in other ways during the festive season.

Whether it is through a Christmas cake sale, Christmas jumper day or even taking part in one of its 2k Santas on the Run events, there are many ways to support the charity.

CHSW supports families through its three hospices at Little Harbour in St Austell, Little Bridge House in Barnstaple and Charlton Farm near Bristol.

Visit chsw.org.uk/xmasatwork for details of the Christmas packages.

Source: North Devon Journal

 

Firm’s halloween ball raises thousands for charity
04 November 2015

Dunkley's Chartered AccountantsDunkley’s Chartered Accountants held its third charity ball this Halloween, raising thousands for various charities.

Guests from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire flocked to join the firm’s masquerade ball to raise money for local charities Children’s Hospice South West and Friends of Bristol Haematology and Oncology.

The event was held at the Aztec West Hotel & Spa in Almondsbury on Saturday 31st October and attracted over 120 guests.

Local businesses such as Wards Solicitors, Octagon Consultancy, Cadman Wealth Planning, Braley’s and Work for Headford joined the party and generously contributed to the fundraising.

Event organiser Siobhan Dolan comments: “So many of our clients and contacts have been extremely generous, without their support we simply couldn’t hold this type of event.

“Organising a charity ball is a great opportunity for everyone at Dunkley’s to have fun and raise money for a good cause.”

The team are hoping to raise over £3.5k, however donations are still coming in so the final amount raised is yet to be confirmed.

Source: Business Leader

 

Morrisons Foundation donates £5K to Children’s Hospice South West
04 November 2015

Morrisons BidefordThe Morrisons Foundation has recently donated a grant of £5,000 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) towards the hospice’s bereavement support services.

This generous grant will provide bereavement activities for parents and siblings at all three hospices over the next 12 months. Following a child’s death, the family can continue to have support from CHSW for as long as required. In addition to regular phone calls, the hospice also provides bereavement stays and special Remembering Days where families are invited back to share in their experiences.

As one bereaved parent stated: "You helped us through the loss of our son. We could not have got through it without you. There are not enough words to describe how grateful we will always be."

The grant from Morrisons will help enormously with the provision of these services and Catherine Collier, CHSW Trusts and Grants Fundraiser said: "We’re extremely grateful to have been awarded this grant from the Morrisons Foundation." 

"The death of a child is not an easy thing to endure and we know that our families are extremely grateful for the ongoing support that we offer them. We are quite simply there for as long as they need us."

A cheque for the amount was recently presented to Catherine by members of the Morrisons store in Bideford, North Devon.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Building society donates to local charities
29 October 2015

Yorkshire Building SocietyCharities in North Devon have received donations from a building society after being nominated by customers.

The Yorkshire Building Society's Small Change Big Difference campaign gave £100 each to Encompass Southwest, North Devon Animal Ambulance, Dogs Helping Kids, Make the Move and Children's Hospice South West.

The foundation is funded through a scheme where members donate the pennies from the annual interest on their accounts to help good causes.

National agency manager at Yorkshire Building Society, Jane Taylor-Davies, said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came into our local agencies to nominate a charity for a donation during our Small Change Big Difference campaign.

"At Yorkshire Building Society we are committed to our community and I hope these donations will enable the charities to carry on their wonderful work here in North Devon."

Around £100,000 has been donated by the foundation to more than 1,000 charities and good causes around the UK.
More than three quarters of a million Yorkshire Building Society accounts contribute to the scheme.

For more information on how to sign up visit www.ybs.co.uk.

Source: North Devon Journal

 

Truro gym staff proved they are Tuff Enuff for Children's Hospice
19 October 2015

Truro gym staffA team of 18 from Stringers Gym in Truro took part in the Tuff Enuff challenge to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The Stringers' team raised over £1,000 which was presented to Mary Murfin from CHSW at the gym last week.

The team completed the gruelling 16km race with 29 obstacles which included climbing over wood piles, hay stacks and scramble nets, crawling through mud laden pits covered with old tyres, wriggling under barbed wired pits and swimming in a lake.

Gym manager, Charmaine Heard, had the team complete a 90-day training program in preparation for the event, which involved a progressive running schedule and monthly training.

She said: “I was really impressed with the team’s effort and determination to complete the course. A lot of those who took part were not runners and took on the physical and mental challenge that is required for an event such as this.

"The fact they were competing to raise money for CHSW undoubtedly inspired them to finish. This charity is so worthwhile and we are very grateful to everyone who sponsored us. It has been a fantastic experience to see gym members coming together to support children and families in need of respite care."      

Mary Murfin, said: “The Stringers team did absolutely fantastically, not only in their completion of this epic challenge but also with their fundraising for CHSW. On behalf of all of the children and families that we support I would like to thank each and everyone one of you who took part in Tuff Enuff and who donated to the team, your money will make such a difference.”

If you have been inspired by the Stringers Gym Team taking on Tuff Enuff to raise funds for CHSW visit www.chsw.org.uk/supportus to find out about various different ways you can support this vital local children’s charity.

Source: Falmouth Packet

Ten miles through ten tors on the tenth of October!
15 October 2015

WiFi SparkExciting WiFi service delivery company, WiFi SPARK based in Exeter, has chosen Children’s Hospice South West as its charity of the year, and its latest fundraiser has seen members of the team hike the ten tors of Dartmoor.

Twelve members of the team from the Matford Business Park based company braved cold and foggy conditions to hike the ten miles across the ten tors of Dartmoor.

Matt O’Donovan, WiFi SPARK’s founder said: ‘We’re so pleased to have raised over £1,300 for this great cause and have many other activities planned to add to this sum. The WiFi SPARK team will continue its fundraising over the coming months, and we hope to add to the donations significantly.’ 

Led by Ian Lynch, Chief Operating Officer and seasoned mountain leader, the team completed the walk in just under four hours and were greatly helped by the prospect of a pub meal at the end!

To continue their fundraising activities, the team is also planning to take on the charity’s £50 challenge in the New Year and abseil England’s highest waterfall at Canonteign Falls in July. 

If you would like to find out more about how your company can help support Children’s Hospice South West please contact your local corporate fundraiser.

Source: Children's Hospice South West, RealWire

 

Legal ladies raise loads of cash for Children's Hospice South West
01 October 2015

Cornwall CouncilLadies from the legal services client team at Cornwall Council recently completed Children’s Hospice South West’s £50 Challenge and made a whopping £592.32.

The £50 Challenge is a corporate initiative being run by CHSW where teams in businesses and workplaces are given £50 to grow as legally and ethically as possible in order to try to make as much money for the charity over three months.

The council's legal team ran a tuck shop in their office which proved very popular with colleagues. They also made bacon sandwiches and cream teas to sell, ran a Wimbledon sweepstake and lotto ball, organised a bake sale and wear bright day, name the bear competition and sold hand-made cards. All of which raised £592.32.

Championed by Dragon’s Den investor, Deborah Meaden the challenge is all about being creative, innovative and using your entrepreneurial skills to grow the start-up investment of £50 as much as possible for the charity.   

Sarah Stott, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW, said “The team from Cornwall Council legal services client team did absolutely fantastically in the £50 Challenge, they showed a lot of creativity and were wise to reinvest in what was working for them best. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in raising such a brilliant total for our hospice.”

If you are interested in taking part in the £50 Challenge at your business or workplace visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge or call Sarah Stott at Little Harbour on 01726 871800.

Source: Falmouth Packet

 

Entrepreneur donating profits to children's charity
23 September 2015

Rainbow ZebraA young entrepreneur from Bristol is donating money from his bestselling product to Children's Hospice South West.

Paul Randall, of online furniture store Rainbow Zebra, has signed up to be a corporate partner of the charity, which provides care for terminally ill children and their families.

Paul, 30, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds with sales of his Vista Orthopaedic chair, which offers extra back support.

Paul, grew up in Almondsbury, and now lives in Brislington, said: "I've started from humble beginnings but now my business is on track to grow and I wanted to give something back to the community.

"I saw CHSW hold a fundraising Rainbow Run on The Downs and the colourful headline, which resonates with my company, got my attention.

"I then saw all the great work the team at CHSW do and knew I wanted to get involved, especially as they rely almost voluntary solely on donations.

"I have visited their grounds in Wraxall, which are beautiful, and seen the difference it makes to families' lives during what must be a difficult time. It's a pleasant environment where people can get the support they need."

Paul will donate five per cent from the sale of each of the adjustable chairs.

Kate Fisher, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW, said: "It's fantastic that Paul Randall and everybody at Rainbow Zebra will give donations from their product.

"Such continued, committed support means we can work into the future to support the 186 families at Charlton Farm every year."

Source: Gazette Series, Bristol Post

 

Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club raise money for CHSW
23 September 2015

Nearly £600 was raised for Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club’s charity of the year, Children’s Hospice South West, during a tournament that hosted teams from all over Devon and Cornwall.

Last Sunday an open fours tournament took place with entries from St Austell and Grampound, as well as 11 teams from Plymouth.

The winners of the round-robin event were Beacon Down, led by Alan Demuth, and the runners-up were Poltair Pirates (St Austell), captained by Peter Heayns.

Both teams generously donated 100 per cent of their prize money back to the club to go into the charity pot.
The club and the charity are very grateful for everyone’s support.

Source: Plymouth Herald

 

A Gruffalo-sized achievement from GDS International smashing fundraising target by 87% for Children’s Hospice South West
22 September 2015

GDS InternationalBristol’s GDS International pushed their way through Sunday’s heat and Monday’s rain to raise more than £18,700 for Children’s Hospice South West, beating their original target of £10,000 by over 87%!

With carts and costumes inspired by Julia Donaldson’s modern classic children’s story, over 120 staff walked from Charlton Farm in Wraxall near Bristol on Sunday to Cheddar and back again on Monday in torrential rain.

GDS International originally set out to raise £10,000, an amount which could pay for the charity’s Sibling Days Out across all three CHSW hospices for a year. But ended up nearly doubling their contribution to the charity.

GDS International’s Chairman, Spencer Green said: “What a fantastic couple of days all at GDS have had. It was much tougher than everyone expected but we all enjoyed the pain. 

We had beautiful sunshine and lots of rain but one constant was all our smiles. What a pleasure to raise over £18,000 for such a fantastic charity."

Louise Turner, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW said: “We have been blown away by the enthusiasm and commitment from GDS International staff. 

The bed push is an incredible way to raise funds that will help us continue to support to life-limited children and their families.”

Source: GDS International, Children's Hospice South West

 

Teenagers set to have a great weekend thanks to Perrigo
21 September 2015

PerrigoChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) offers support to the whole family, including well brothers and sisters, and thanks to a donation from Braunton based Perrigo, CHSW will be able to take a group of teenage siblings on a fantastic adventure weekend next year.

Karen Spurling, UK HR Director of Perrigo said: We are delighted to support CHSW in funding the annual ‘Teenage Sibling Weekend’. These dedicated weekends are so important to the children and we’re happy to recognise the valuable work that CHSW offers to all family members going through challenging times.’ 

Sallie Norden is a sibling coordinator at CHSW and she explained the importance of the donation: ‘Being the brother or sister of a life-limited child can be hard for many reasons, and having the chance to socialise with other teenagers who understand implicitly what you are going through is invaluable. Many of our siblings make friends for life through these weekends, and we can’t thank Perrigo enough for their donation.’ 

Perrigo is one of the leading global healthcare suppliers with a large operation in Braunton that produces quality affordable medicines for UK and Europe.  Perrigo’s Charitable Foundation mission is to provide financial support to local non-profit organisations that enhance the health, well-being and education of individuals and families in communities that Perrigo operates in and serves. 

Through liaison with CHSW’s corporate fundraising team, the company has donated £2,000 to specifically fund CHSW’s annual Teenage Sibling Weekend in 2016 which will take place at Skern Lodge near Bideford. 

These weekends are enjoyed greatly by our teenagers and Larley, aged 14 sums up their importance perfectly: ‘I have been lucky enough to go on two teenage weekends, and I have really enjoyed them because it is good to meet others in the same situation as me. I have made a group of friends and we all stay in contact.  

These teen weekends have given me the opportunity to try things that I would not normally get to do. I come away feeling like I have achieved a lot.’ 

A dedicated sibling team is just one of the many support services that CHSW’s little Bridge House hospice near Barnstaple provides, ensuring that the whole family has care whenever it is required.

If you would like to know how your company could help support CHSW, see our corporate section or call Naomi Dymond on 01271 325270.

Source: Children's Hospice South West, North Devon Journal

 

Presentations to charity at store opening
16 September 2015

Tavistock Tesco presents cheque to CHSWChildren’s Hospice South West and Dartmoor Search and Rescue benefited from a cash boost at the opening of the new Tavistock Tesco store last week.

Cheques for £500 each were presented by the new store manager Tris Somerville to Julia and Robert Easton on behalf of CHSW and DSRT volunteers Catherine Jones, her search and rescue dog Bizzy, Lynda Williams, Ian Bertie, Garon Willis and Mark Schofield.

Also in attendance at the opening last Thursday was deputy mayor of West Devon Cllr John Sheldon, deputy mayor of Tavistock Cllr Mandy Ewings and Tavistock’s town crier David Turner.

Source: Okehampton Times

 

 

Boys vs girls in the £50 Challenge!
14 September 2015

Hippy Chicks & ChapsAs part of its Charity of the Year partnership with Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), Bridgwater-based Hippychick is taking part in the charity’s £50 Challenge. 

Backed by business entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, The £50 Challenge urges businesses to think as creatively as possible and use all their acumen to invest the money and turn it into a much bigger amount in just three months.
 
In an interesting twist to the challenge, two teams from Hippychick will go head-to-head to see who can generate the most revenue from the initial £50 investment.  

The ‘Hippy Chicks’ will take on the ‘Hippy Chaps’ and Julia Minchin, Founder and Managing Director, says they are both ready for the challenge: “Both teams are determined to raise as much as possible for our chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West.

The girls have already started by selling cream teas in the office – although the boys haven’t bought any!”

Kate Fisher, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW says, “There’s nothing like a bit of inter-office competition to get some really creative ideas. Both teams are hugely enthusiastic and we can’t wait to see how much is raised for CHSW by the end of November!”

If you are interested in getting a team together from your business to take part in The £50 Challenge, please visit our 50 Pound Challenge webpage, call 01275 866600 or email corporate@chsw.org.uk

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Santander Hand Over Cheque to CHSW
11 September 2015

Santander raise money for CHSWStaff from Santander’s St Austell branch handed over a cheque for £5652 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Little Harbour hospice this week following the charity’s family fun day at Porthpean. 

The Porthpean Fun Day that the charity put on at the Porthpean Activity Centre earlier this summer was a great success and saw record numbers of families coming along to enjoy the various stalls, fun dog show and glorious weather.

Santander St Austell helped to organise and run the event and kindly offered to match fund what was raised on the day for the second year running. 

Abby Nicklin, Branch Director at Santander in St Austell said “My team in St Austell Santander are absolutely delighted to support the Little Harbour Fun Day for the second year running. Such a fantastic day full of activities and fun for all of the family! We are thoroughly committed to such a wonderful charity and are already looking forward to next year!” 

Mary Murfin, Community Fundraiser for CHSW said “We were absolutely delighted to have the support of Santander again this year, it is fantastic to have a local branch so supportive of our events and of course of our special Little Harbour hospice. Thank you to everyone involved in making this donation possible.”

If you would like to help CHSW raise funds to help Little Harbour be able to maintain offering the care and support that it currently does to children in the local area with life limiting illnesses and their families then please call Little Harbour on 01726 871800.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Fun Day at Arla Foods raises £420
11 September 2015

Arla FoodsA recent family fun day held at Arla Foods has raised a fantastic £420 for local children’s charity Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The fun day was held at their factory at Trevarrian, Newquay and John McGroary, Production Manager, was inspired to raise funds for CHSW after hearing about his wife’s tour of CHSW’s hospice, Little Harbour, in St Austell.

He thought that a fun day would be a great team building challenge, something for everyone to enjoy and a way that they could also support a local cause. 

Games, stalls and refreshments were enjoyed by friends and family of Arla employees, all on the lawn outside the factory with the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy alongside the planned activities.

John said “I am absolutely delighted with the amount we raised on the day. Everyone was so generous and had a great time too. I’d like to thank all the local businesses who donated the fantastic raffle prizes!”

Sarah Stott, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “This was Arla Foods’ first fundraising event for CHSW and what a fantastic job they did. We are so pleased that they wanted to support CHSW and they should be very proud to have raised £420.

I would like to thank everyone who put in the hard work to organise the event and everyone who came along to enjoy the afternoon as well.” 

This donation will help CHSW to continue to be able to offer the care and support that it does to children with life limiting conditions and their families at Little Harbour.

If you think you and your colleagues could plan a fundraising event, giving you the opportunity to work on a different project and get to know each other outside of the workplace then get in touch with Little Harbour and speak to their fundraising team please call 01726 871800.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

£1000 raised by Wendy’s Head Shave
04 September 2015

Wendy shaves head in aid of CHSWThis summer Wendy Coe, a cashier at Tesco in Holmbush, had her head shaved all in the name of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and she has now personally delivered her donation to Little Harbour.

Wendy had grown her hair to her waist and wanted CHSW to benefit from donations raised and The Little Princess Trust to have the hair to be made into a wig for children who have hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Colleagues, friends and regular customers supported Wendy in her fundraising as well as when she had her head shaved in store. Wendy’s bravery inspired people to keep donating even after the head shave and after seeing her new look. 

Sarah Stott, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “It is absolutely fantastic to see the amount that Wendy has raised from her head shave. It was a very brave fundraising challenge but Wendy really suits her new look and I would like to thank all of the Tesco customers and colleagues as well as Wendy’s friends and family who donated. £1000 really will make a difference to the care and support we can offer our families.”

Wendy Coe, Cashier at Tesco Holmbush said “After a very inspiring tour of Little Harbour earlier in the year I really wanted to do something to support the charity and the fantastic work that they do. Thank you to everyone who donated and if you are interested to know where the money goes I would recommend a tour of Little Harbour to see the amazing facilities they have and hear about their work.”

CHSW supports children with life limiting illnesses who sadly will not live to adulthood. Little Harbour at Porthpean offers palliative care and respite, allowing the whole family to stay for short breaks giving them time for a well-earned rest as well as chance for precious memories to be created in a home from home environment.

If you are interested in having a tour of Little Harbour the next tour days are 5th October and 2nd November, tours last an hour and you must call to book in advance 01726 871800

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Charities given £5,000 each by the Cornwall Hotel
02 September 2015

Cornwall Hotel presents cheques to charitiesCorks were popping and champagne flowing at St Austell's Cornwall Hotel when £25,000 was presented to charities working in the area.

Marie Curie, Little Harbour children's hospice, the St Petroc's Society, the RNLI and Cornwall Air Ambulance were each handed £5,000 to support the work they are doing in the county.

The Cornwall general manager Greg Henry said: "We are so happy to be able to make a donation of £25,000 to these charities," he said.

"They all do great work locally and we felt each was a worthwhile cause and very deserving.

"Individually The Cornwall has had a long standing relationship with Little Harbour and supporting a charity looking after children with cancer and their families is something we all feel passionately about here.

"Personally I have worked with Marie Curie raising funds for them since 2005 and it was a connection I was keen to continue.

"St Petroc, a charity which helps the homeless in the county, is important to us as while we are a luxury product we must not forget those with less than us.

"Finally both the RNLI and air ambulance provide vital services to Cornwall all year round and provide a service for those who visit the Duchy but also the local community who live here."

Source: Cornish Guardian

Bikes at the ready for Bishop Fleming charity ride in aid of CHSW
31 August 2015

Bishop Fleming charity bike rideColleagues from Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants in Truro are getting their bikes at the ready for the Tour of Bishop Fleming in a couple of week’s time.

Starting in Truro the tour will visit Bishop Fleming offices in Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter, Bristol, Bath ending at their offices in Worcester.

Each Bishop Fleming office has chosen a local charity to support and the Truro office has chosen children’s charity Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) that supports life limited children and their families through their Little Harbour hospice in St Austell.

The tour will start from the Truro office on Tuesday 8th September and colleagues from Bishop Flemings seven offices will be cycling throughout the week ending in Worcester on Friday 11th September, in total the tour will cover 325 miles.

As a company they have already exceeded their fundraising target of £15,000 which is to be split between local charities, currently on £15,329 but are still keen to push for more donations to help their motivation through the cycle. CHSW will already benefit from over £2,700 but the more donations they can get the better.

Sarah Stott, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We are absolutely delighted that CHSW has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Tour of Bishop Fleming.

I wish all the cyclists good luck and thank everyone who has made a donation to CHSW, we provide a lifeline for families at times of uncertainty and donations like this really will make a difference to the care and support that we can offer.

Commenting on the challenge, Natercia Hughes, a charities manager at Bishop Fleming said, “We certainly have a big challenge to tackle, but we are very keen to raise as much as we can for Children’s Hospice South West and that will spur us on.”

To make a donation to CHSW through the Tour of Bishop Fleming cycle ride please visit their fundraising page.

Source: Falmouth Packet

Rotary Club of Ilminster's charity golf day raises £1,400 for Children's Hospice South West
28 August 2015

Ilminster Rotary Club Charity golf dayThe Rotary Club of Ilminster has donated more than £1,000 to charity following a hugely successful recent golf day.

A cheque for £1,400 was presented to Children's Hospice South West by the rotary club's president-elect Harley Pope after the event, which took place at Cricket St Thomas Golf Club.

Nearly sixty golfers took part in the event, which saw the men's cup won by Jason Contreras and Barbara Wilton, the Cricket St Thomas ladies' captain, go home with the women's prize.

The event was organised by Rotarian David Dick and hosted by Cricket St Thomas Golf Club owner Steve Hill.

Local solicitor firm Broomhead & Saul helped to sponsor the event by providing a hospitality tent for the golfers.

Source: Western Gazette

North Devon Journal Community Awards 2015: Children's Hospice delighted to benefit from awards again
19 August 2015

Supporting Children's Hospice South West LogoChildren's Hospice South West has been chosen to be the Journal's Community Awards charity for the third year in a row.

The charity, which has three hospices across the South West, has supported the North Devon community through Little Bridge House in Fremington for the past 20 years.

It costs more than £3 million each year to run Little Bridge House, offering support to life-limited children and their families across North Devon.

In addition to its main respite and bereavement services, the charity also offers a wide range of therapies, including music therapy, messy play and even a dedicated sibling team to look after brothers and sisters.

Emma Perry, senior community fundraiser at Little Bridge House, said: "It's a real privilege for us to be associated with these awards and the celebration of what is good in our local community.

"We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and have been incredibly fortunate to have had overwhelming support from local people over the years."

Next year the charity will mark the 25th Anniversary of when Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill founded Children's Hospice South West. It followed their own personal experiences of having to travel to Oxford for hospice services.

Emma said: "Thanks to them, local families now have a dedicated resource on their doorstep.

"Funds raised from the Community Awards will help us to safeguard our work into the future and will help us to ensure we continue to make the most of short and precious lives."

>Money will be raised for the hospice through a new "Heads or Tales" event at this year's Community Awards, which will give audience members the chance to win a top prize for a donation to the charity.

Source: North Devon Journal

New Look stores raise £15,000 for children's hospice
01 August 2015

New Look staffA number of New Look stores across the region, including the one in Falmouth, have collectively raised over £15,000 for Children’s Hospice South West after supporting them as their charity of the year.      

Many fundraising activities happened in the stores including the sale of CHSW smiley pin badges. Donna King, store manager of New Look Falmouth was very proud of £197.45 her store raised.

She said: “It was fantastic to be able to engage our customers and employees in fundraising for such a special charity. The support and care they offer local families at Little Harbour is incredible and we are very happy to have been able to support this.”

Sarah Stott, corporate partnerships fundraiser, said: “On behalf of the children and families at Little Harbour I would like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic amount raised by the New Look stores.

It is amazing to have so many employees engaged in fundraising for us and we really do appreciate every penny raised.”

Source: Falmouth Packet

Property Sharing Experts raise money with Gala Awards evening
30 July 2015


Property Sharing Experts presenting chequeThe team of estate agents at Property Sharing Experts has donated £538.07 to Children's Hospice South West, after raising the amount at their recent Gala Awards Evening at Woodbury Park Hotel.

Property Sharing Experts is a network of professional independent estate agents, encompassing four South West counties with more than 80 offices.

The company has also chosen Children's Hospice South West as their Charity of the Year.

Christine Collyer of Collyers in Barnstaple visited the hospice at Little Bridge House to present the Gala Awards cheque.

Find out about our Corporate Partnerships

Source: Children's Hospice South West

Trio pass endurance test
29 July 2015

Hawkins Runners presenting chequeA team sponsored by Hawkins Motor Group has completed the Wimbleball 70.3 UK Ironman endurance event, raising £1,252.73 for Children's Hospice South West.

The event is 70.3 miles long and consists of a 1.2 mile lake swim in Wimbleball Reservoir, a 56 mile Exmoor bike ride and a 13.1 mile run to the finish line.

Hawkins employees Ian Cowburn, Stuart Harris and Rob Scott split the three stages and completed one each. The team finished after 6 hours 15 minutes and 42 seconds of the gruelling event and finished 9th out 30 in their class, and 462nd out of all 1,950 participants.

The swimming was completed by Ian, of Stenalees. He said: "We chose to do the Wimbleball Ironman because it's the hardest around. Children's Hospice South West was our chosen charity to raise money for as it's something which is close to my heart as my daughter was born premature and they do brilliant work around the local area. "

Stuart, from Roche, completed the 56-mile cycle ride and reflected on his nerves before the event but, he said "once Ian completed his swim and it passed over to me, I was switched on and in the zone."

Rob completed the final leg with a half marathon.
He said: "The event was great and we had all our supporters cheering us on the whole way."

Sarah Stott, corporate partnerships fundraiser of Children's Hospice South West, said she was delighted with the money raised.

Source: West Briton

Children’s Hospice South West boosted by Tour de France inspired Stones Solicitors
28 July 2015

Stones Solicitors Cycle for Children's Hospice South WestBig hearted lawyers at Stones Solicitors LLP in Exeter used the Tour de France as the excuse to pedal furiously on a static bicycle and raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

The event took place over seven hours on Friday, July 24.

In that time those who took park cycled 100 miles, the equivalent of a trip up the M5 over the Severn Bridge to Newport in South Wales, averaged a speed of 14.2 mph and raised £218.24 for the charity.

Adrian Richards, chief executive at Stones, said: “We are delighted with the result and my congratulations go to everyone who took part. We are especially grateful to those who supported us, including the charity and also Dave Rogerson from Exeter Cycles who supplied us with the equipment we needed free of charge.”

Corporate partnerships fundraiser Naomi Dymond, from Children’s Hospice South West, added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Stones for taking on such a fun and brilliant challenge for CHSW – what a team effort!

“We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so the support of firms like Stones is so important to us. Thank you for helping us to continue to make the most of short and precious lives.”

Source: Exeter Express & Echo

 

All Gas South West Supporting CHSW
27 July 2015

All Gas South WestAll Gas Southwest are supporting local children’s charity Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which runs Little Harbour based in St Austell, by donating £5 for every boiler service booked and paid for during the summer months of July and August.

All Gas South West was set up in 2006 and originated in Looe however they are now available across East Cornwall from their showroom in Callington. They have gained a lot of positive reviews and feedback, and are now using that positivity to raise money for a respectable cause.

Since they are an expanding company and are gaining popularity, All Gas is hoping they can raise a significant amount of money for the charity.

Kaye Sutton on behalf of All Gas Southwest says “I’m so pleased we can be doing our bit for Children’s Hospice South West. I hope we can raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile charity.”

CHSW is dedicated to providing devoted care to life-limited children and making the most of short and precious lives.

As well as supporting the children, CHSW provide care and support to the whole family including Mums and Dads as well as brothers and sisters who are supported through the sibling service.

Sarah Stott, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said “We are delighted that All Gas are offering to support CHSW in this way. I hope many people will decide that now is the time to get their boiler service booked and to know they will be supporting us at the same time.”

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Tired trio help Natwest raise cash for children's hospice cause
26 July 2015

A trio of staff at Natwest Bank in Tiverton took it in turns to take part in a sponsored cycle ride which raised £225 earlier this month.

The team covered a total of 180km or 111 miles -longer than the distance covered in yesterday's stage of the Tour de France.

Thankfully there were no mountain gradients to contend with and plenty of breaks as they each cycled for half an hour on an exercise bike in the Fore Street branch's foyer.

Customers made donations throughout the day and an exhausted Mike O'Reilly, Theresa Rouault and Emma Bullen were delighted to reach the end of the day having raised £225.57 for Children's Hospice South West.

Later this year a group of the bank's South West and Wales regional mangers will be undertaking a sponsored cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End you can find out more about the challenge at Gemma Partidge's JustGiving page.

Source: Mid Devon Gazette

Devon Venus Business Awards 2015 launched
25 July 2015

Devon Venus Business Awards LaunchedAn awards has been launched to celebrate and recognise the achievement of Devon's working women and entrepreneurs.
It is the second time the Devon Venus Business Awards have been organised.

Last year the awards received 2,000 nominations but organisers expect 2015 to be an event more successful year.

Organisers Celia Delaney of Speaking Success and Alexis Bowater of Bowater Communications said the The Awards, which celebrate the vital input of women in business, will this year see local working women competing in 13 award categories.

Julie Pogson, winner of last year's Business of the Year award was at the launch of the 2015 awards. She said: "It is not the sort of thing I would normally go for. I never dreamt I would go through to the final, let alone win! It has been amazing fun."

The launch, at Exeter Castle, also saw the announcement of this year's official Devon Venus Awards charity, Children's Hospice South West.

Naomi Dymond, the charity's corporate partnerships fundraiser said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as this year's charity for the Devon Venus Awards.

"We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to run our three hospices and without support such as this, we simply couldn't continue to be there for local life-limited children and their families. Thank you for helping us to make the most of short and precious lives."

Source: Western Morning News

Dribuild Raceday Raises Over £17,000 For Children's Hospice South West
24 July 2015

Dribuild raises £17,000 with raceday eventDribuild, the premium sponsor for the Bath Racecourse winning post, has raised over £17,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West during the Summer Afternoon Raceday meeting.
The meeting, which took place on Wednesday 22nd July, was specifically organised with the aim of raising money for the company’s Charity of the Year. 

Dribuild is a leading interior fit out contractor based in Keynsham and has a very active CSR programme.
The company was generously supported at the event by its contacts who purchased hospitality tables and sponsored races.

The meeting was also supported by Octagon Consultancy, Span Roofing Contractors, and Halls Dismantling & Removals. 

As well as representatives from the Children’s Hospice South West bucket collecting donations from eager race fans, the day also featured a charity auction, heads or tails game, and high-end raffle with all proceeds donated to the hospice.
The event was hosted by retired jockey Colin Brown, a regular mount of Desert Orchid. 

Matt Tyler, Managing Director at Dribuild, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed being the raceday sponsor at Bath Racecourse this afternoon and are hoping to make it an annual event.
“We have been delighted by the support given to the Summer Afternoon Raceday and the generous donations of those in attendance.

“The Children’s Hospice South West is a wonderful organisation that provides a vital service to people in terrible difficulty, and we are keen to help in any way we can, including helping to raise their profile and funds to support them in their work.” 

Children’s Hospice South West provides respite breaks, emergency care and end of life care for children who are not expected to reach adulthood.
The charity also provides one-to-one specialist care for children and creates memories through fun times of play, music, outings and crafts.
The charity currently supports more than 400 families with a life-limited child as well as a growing number of bereaved families. 

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser of Children’s Hospice South West, said: “The efforts of Dribuild and its partners are greatly appreciated and we are grateful to the company for choosing us as its Charity of the Year.

“It is only through the generous efforts of companies like Dribuild and donations from the public that we are able to continue delivering our service to families in the region.
“The funds raised through the Bath Racecourse meeting will help us immensely.”

Dribuild is a leading interior fit out contractor, delivering service excellence and working in collaboration with customers.
The company specialises in ceiling and partitioning, raised access floors and internal surface finishes, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with both public and private sector customers.

Source: NOW Bath

Andy & Nigel cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats
22 July 2015

Andy Pearson and Nigel Callun at John O' GroatsAndy Pearson, managing director of UK rental company Prolift Access, has completed his charity bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats, raising £1,535 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Pearson and friend Nigel Callun set off on the challenge from Cornwall on 8th July and arrived at John O'Groats last Sunday.

Unaided by any support team, the pair covered a total of 1,039.8 miles over 11 and a half days.

Pearson said: “I had my chain snap at 91 miles on day nine, which was a 107 mile day, and my front disc brake was seized for 100-ish miles before I could get my bike properly fixed in Bonar Bridge in Scotland.

We would like to thank everyone for their donations and messages of support. It has been a great adventure.”

Source: Vertikal News

CHSW chosen as charity of the year
22 July 2015

CHSW - Webbers Charity of the Year The staff of the Bodmin Office of Webbers decided to make Children's Hospice South West their chosen charity and began their fundraising at Bodmin's recent heritage day.

Kelly's of Cornwall donated a freezer full of ice cream to sell on the day and in addition staff ran a raffle, a lucky dip and sale of recipe booklets.

They raised £327 for the charity and presented the cheque to Sarah Stott at the Little Harbour Hospice and took a tour of the facility.

"We would like to thank everyone who supported them on the day and particularly Kellys of Cornwall for their generous donation," said Hannah Jeffery, assistant manager at Webbers Property Services, in Bodmin.

Source:  Cornish Guardian

Visit Day allows Okehampton company to gain insight into a children’s hospice
20 July 2015

Elemental Microanalysis cheque presentationA team from Elemental Microanalysis of Okehampton visited Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House hospice in Barnstaple recently to see at first-hand how important fundraising is to the charity.

Ian Smith, Managing Director of the company said: ‘Having seen the amazing provision of care at Little Bridge House. Elemental Microanalysis was very pleased to present a cheque for £1375.00 to help continue this vital service. We would like to thank all who have fundraised, sponsored, donated and supported us over the past year.’

The funds were raised from a variety of activities including skydives, a tuck shop in the office and even running in the hospice’s Rainbow Run at Exeter Racecourse recently, and visiting the hospice gave the team an insight as to how important fundraising is to maintain the level of services provided.

Children’s Hospice South West cares for over hundred life-limited children and their families in Devon offering respite, palliative and end-of life care for children throughout the county.

Open days are held at Little Bridge House each month to enable supporters to gain an understanding of the work we do. If you would like to visit, please call our admin team on 01271 325270.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

TRAC raise £600 for Children's Hospice South West
11 June 2015

TRAC Services cake sale raises money for CHSWA cake sale held at the Pool Innovation Centre (PIC) has raised £600 for charity.

The fundraiser, held on Wednesday, June 3, was organised by PIC tenant, TRAC Services, to support Children’s Hospice South West.

Staff from the firm of pharmaceutical regulatory experts channelled their inner Mary Berry and baked a range of goods including quadruple chocolate loaf cake, lemon oat crumble slices, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies, rocky road and ginger cake.

The event, put together by TRAC’s Environmental and Social Contribution Team (EAST) and led by Louise Pett, Kirsty Cotton and David Cox raised £304.42 on the day.

The total was then raised to £600 following a donation from the company.

In July, TRAC director Jonathan Trethowan will be cycling in the 210 mile Ride for Precious Lives challenge to support CHSW.

As well as the cake sale, the team also held a raffle with prizes donated from Penventon Park Hotel, Bike Chain Ricci, Pool Innovation Centre, Roddas and Brew Cornwall.

There is still chance to support Jonathan by donating here:  

Visit Jonathan's online fundraising page

Source:  Business Cornwall

Modern day alternative to lullabies for peaceful nights for parents
01 June 2015

My First Beats EPAn innovative new 6-track EP featuring ambient music inspired by foetal heartbeats, a child’s laughter and blowing raspberries, looks set to provide new parents with a much- needed night’s sleep along with a host of other developmental benefits.

www.myfirstbeats.com came about when husband-and-wife team, Emma and Ben Ridley, combined recordings of their daughter’s foetal heartbeat, early giggles and sounds with original music composed by Ben. Initially, it was created as a family keepsake, but when Emma played it not only to her daughter, but also her friend’s children, the reaction was astounding.

Emma takes up the story: “As soon as the music began, even the tiniest of babies seemed to stop and listen. It had a very calming affect on them all too. We tried playing it to our daughter when she was struggling to go to sleep and it made her settle down almost straight away.

Other friends played the song whilst driving to calm their children down – the beauty of our music is that it makes a refreshing change for parents to hearing songs like The Wheels On The Bus a dozen times a day.

We soon realised we were on to something and, with other parents experiencing the same reactions with their children, we decided to create a range of tracks.”

Having undertaken research, the Ridleys developed Floating In The Aether specifically for mums-to-be to play to their developing baby. Not only does this improve mother and baby bonding, but it’s been proven babies remember music from the womb. Playing the same familiar music after they’ve been born makes them feel safe and secure.

Babies respond to babbling sounds, which helps them with their language development. Eva’s Song encourages even the tiniest child to start making noise.

There’s also a really upbeat track on the EP called Beatbox Baby, a bonus track to stimulate children at playtime, but it’s not only children who respond positively to it. It puts a smile on grown-ups faces too. More importantly, it encourages babies and young children to engage, respond and babble back.

People can choose from either a traditional CD of the EP at a cost of £5.00 plus P&P* or download from iTunes with 5% of all CD sales from the website will be donated to Children’s Hospice South West.

Source: My First Beats

Brownie bakers give support to children's hospice
15 May 2015

Brownie Baker supports CHSWA family baking firm has announced a new partnership with Children's Hospice South West to donate a 1p to the charity for every brownie they sell.

The Brownie Baker, based in St Agnes, will donate the money from all products sold both at retail outlets and wholesale.

Set up in 2011 the company has won a number of awards for its brownies which come in all sorts of flavours including orange, white chocolate and rum and raisin. They are all made from a cottage in St Agnes.

The team from The Brownie Baker said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to support the special work that CHSW does in this way. We love what we do and we hope that sales keep increasing and therefore donations to CHSW will increase too!"

Sarah Stott, corporate partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW recently visited the St Agnes business and is looking forward to working with them.

Sarah said: "On behalf of everyone at CHSW I would like to thank The Brownie Baker for deciding to support CHSW through their sales. Donations from our corporate partners really do make a difference to the children and families that we look after so we are very grateful."

CHSW runs three hospices across the south west supporting children with life limiting illness and their families and they rely almost entirely on donations. The charity's Cornish hospice, Little Harbour in St Austell, costs over £2million a year to run.

If you would like to get your business involved in a partnership with CHSW or with fundraising for the charity visit www.chsw.org.uk or call 01726 871 800

Source:  West Briton

Bristol law firm to take on The £50 Challenge
12 May 2015

Gregg Latchams Solicitors and Notaries
Gregg Latchams in Bristol is kick-staring its Charity of the Year partnership with Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) by vying to make the most money from an initial investment of £50.

Backed by business entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, The £50 Challenge urges businesses to think as creatively as possible and use all their acumen to invest the money and turn it into a much bigger amount in just three months.  

Julian Pyrke, Director of Gregg Latchams and Head of the Charity Committee, says: “Gregg Latchams is pleased to be taking part in The £50 challenge for CHSW. Our first idea for the challenge is to run a tuck shop for the staff as we have a few sweet tooth’s in the firm!”  

CHSW is encouraging other local professionals and budding entrepreneurs to take on The £50 Challenge as every penny raised goes towards helping support life-limited children and their families in Bristol and surrounding areas.

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW says “Gregg Latchams has been working with CHSW on an ongoing basis by offering our supporters a free will-writing service so it is great to have the entire team on-board for a year of dedicated fundraising and support.  What better way to launch the partnership than with The £50 Challenge!  Thanks to Gregg Latchams for helping to make the most of short and precious lives here in Bristol.”  

If you are interested in getting a team together from your business to take part in The £50 Challenge, please visit www.chsw.org.uk/the50challenge, call 01275 866 600 or email corporate@chsw.org.uk

 

Bridgwater bank to hold week of fundraising
06 May 2015

Staff at the Bridgwater branch of NatWest will be taking part in a fundraising week in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

The week which starts on Monday will include a cake sale, raffles and also fancy dress. Donations are welcome at the bank in the Cornhill.

Source:  This is Westcountry

New services for bank
06 May 2015

Nailsea NatWest fundraise for CHSWBank staff in Nailsea celebrated a refurbishment by raising money for a local charity.

Natwest relaunching its newly refurbished branch and extra services with Kristan Doggrell and Karen Stephens from Children's Hospice South West.

Natwest, in Somerset Square, invited fundraisers from the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) into the branch to celebrate the occasion.

Customers were able to buy cakes to support the hospice in Wraxall.

The bank has also added some new machines to help customers access some of its services.

Source:  North Somerset Times

Children's charity receives generous toy donation from Trowbridge business
10 March 2015

CHSW receives toy donation from Trowbridge businessHospice care charity Children's Hospice South West has expressed its gratitude to Trowbridge firm Airsprung Beds, after receiving a toy donation worth nearly £500.

When Kevin Hatter, a divan builder at the company, became aware of the charity’s work and the fact that it is nearly entirely dependent on donations, he decided to do something to help.

Mr Hatter mentioned it to colleagues at Airsprung Beds in Trowbridge and suggested a collection. The donations snowballed and before long, nearly £500 had been raised.

The team contacted Charlton Farm, the children's hospice based in Wraxall, North Somerset, and suggested they provide a shopping list, which they were only too happy to do.

Tamara Downes, Community Fundraiser at Children's Hospice South West, said: “We are very grateful to Kevin and the team at Airsprung.

“Every amount, small or large is always welcome and everything raised goes to making a difference to life-limited children and their families.”

During one of the charity's monthly open days, Airsprung handed over bags of toys, bedding and crockery to grateful employees at Children's Hospice South West.

The handover followed a tour of the facilities given by Colin Easterbrook, one of the charity's many volunteers.

Debbie Coleman, HR manager at Airsprung, said: “Colin was clearly passionate about the work of the Hospice, having been involved right from the start.

“When you see the environment they have built here you cannot help but be impressed. It really is a home from home and just feels so welcoming, nothing is too much trouble.”

The charity was established 24 years ago by Eddie and Jill Farwell and opened the first of three hospices five years later. The hospice at Charlton Farm was opened in 2007 by HRH, The Countess of Wessex.

All three hospices are predominantly funded through donations and fund raising events. To find out more about this vital work, visit www.chsw.org.uk and click on 'Support Us' to see how you can help.

Source:  Wiltshire Times

Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park announces new charity partnership with CHSW
09 February 2015

Crealy sponsors of Rainbow Run 2015Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park is pleased to announce Children's Hospice South West as its charity partner for 2015. Committed to supporting local charities and organisations, Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park together with its sister park in Cornwall, will be working with Children's Hospice South West throughout the year on special events and fundraising activities.

Children's Hospice South West helps and supports children with life-limiting conditions. The charity has three hospices throughout the South West, including Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Harbour in Cornwall. The centres provide respite care and support for children and their families who have to cope with the most difficult of situations. 

Children's Hospice South West offers a range of services including palliative care for families, emergency care for sick children and respite for families who require a much needed break. The charity also provides a loving and caring place for every member of every family who stays with them. Children's Hospice South West is a place where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and find expert help and support in facing an uncertain future.

Chris Down, Managing Director of Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park said: "We're delighted to be supporting Children's Hospice South West this year. The charity provides excellent facilities for children in its care and also shows great support and love for the families too. As a family owned business we know how important family time is together. Through our partnership we are looking forward not only to raising vital funds and awareness, but also offering family's quality time with their children at our Parks throughout 2015. I'm also pleased to announce that the Crealy team will be joining in the fundraising and donating hours of volunteering throughout the year."

Fundraising will take place at both Devon and Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Parks, from wishing well collections to tandem skydives by the Crealy team. The popular Exeter Rainbow Run 2015 will also be sponsored by Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park as part of the new charity partnership. More than 1,000 runners took part in the Rainbow Run in Exeter in 2014 and over £48,000 was raised for Children's Hospice South West. 

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser (Little Bridge House) said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as Crealy's Charity of the Year for 2015. The teams are gearing up for a fantastic year of fundraising and we can't wait to see what weird and wacky activities they get up to. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to run our three hospices and without the support of businesses like Crealy, we simply couldn't continue to be there for the life-limited children and families who need us the most. Thank you, from us all. Here's to a brilliant year!"

Source:  Mid Devon Gazette

Working with children and animals!
03 February 2015

Pure Comms Rob VivianLocal telecoms provider, Pure Comms, is purchasing a Bristol Zoo pass for Charlton Farm children’s hospice, kick-starting their charity of the year partnership.  

Managing Director of Pure Comms, Rob Vivian, is an animal lover himself and their office in Tickenham, North Somerset, is full of aquariums with reptiles, colourful fish, turtles and snakes! 

Rob says, “We choose a new charity to work with each year and CHSW is a charity we are very familiar with – we were introduced to them via Nailsea and Backwell Rugby club last year. I was very impressed with the people I spoke to and after visiting Charlton Farm and seeing the quite incredible work carried out, it seemed a privilege to help in some way.” 

Originally set up in 2009 by Rob, Pure Comms provides state-of-the-art technology combined with fantastic customer service. The company, who has won numerous business awards, has just expanded and opened an office in Cornwall close to Little Harbour children’s hospice.

“What excites me is that now we have an office in St Austell both offices (Tickenham and St Austell) can assist in their local areas” says Rob.

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW, says: “From our first visit to the Pure Comms office when we were introduced to lizards, turtles and snakes, we knew that a partnership with them would be anything but ordinary.  Purchasing the pass for Bristol Zoo was the perfect way for Pure Comms to launch the partnership and our Care Team and families are very excited for many upcoming adventures to the Zoo!  We look forward to working with Rob and his team and are very grateful for their support.”

For more information about Pure Comms, please visit http://www.purecomms.co.uk/

Photograph shows: Rob Vivian in the office with one of his reptiles 

Source:  Children's Hospice South West

Hospice to feed children for six weeks thanks to wealth management bank's fundraising efforts
28 January 2015

A children’s hospice will be able to feed the people in its care for six weeks thanks to the fundraising efforts of a Westcountry wealth management company.

Children’s Hospice South West has received £5,700 from Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter team after staff at the firm elected the good cause as its charity of the year.

The money will go towards the general care budget and could fund the food bill at the Barnstaple hospice, Little Bridge House, for six weeks.

Children’s Hospice South West helps and support children and their families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions: every day is dedicated to making the most of every moment.Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter office chose CHSW as their ‘Charity of the Year 2014’, and the funds were raised from a number of events and activities organised throughout the year.

Jon Crompton, divisional director - Brewin Dolphin Exeter said: “We were proud and delighted to support CHSW as our Charity of the Year for 2014.

“It’s a very worthy and deserving cause and it has been a fun year of events for both the team and our associates who helped us to fundraise.

“It is wonderful to think that the monies we have raised over 12 months could help to feed the families at Little Bridge House for six weeks and will make a real difference for the charity.”

Children’s Hospice South West has three hospices based in North Devon, Bristol and Cornwall offering tailor-made family-friendly facilities.

The charity is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families in the South West.

CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, and bereavement support.

Naomi Dymond, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen by Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter office as their Charity of the Year and it has been fantastic to have their support.

"Everyone got fully involved and we have thoroughly enjoyed following the team’s many fundraising activities throughout the year.

"On behalf of all the children and families who receive our special care, we would like to thank everyone at Brewin Dolphin Exeter for an incredible year of fundraising."

Source:  Western Morning News

Children's charity meets restaurant staff raising money for their cause
24 December 2014

Members of a children’s charity met up with Plymouth restaurant staff raising money for their cause throughout Christmas.

Children’s Hospice South West’s fundraising team met up with staff at Plymouth’s Las Iguanas who are supporting the charity through their Christmas party bookings.

From any Christmas party booking of 10 or more people, £5 will be donated to CHSW, which The Entertainer toy shop will also match fund.

These funds will be given to CHSW’s Little Harbour hospice in St Austell to spend on toys for the life-limited children they support as well as their siblings.

Bernadette Chambers, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW, said: “We are delighted that the Las Iguanas Plymouth team have chosen to support CHSW through their Christmas party bookings.

“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for the families that we support, so donations such as this can enable us to make the special times that families have together even more precious and memorable.”

Lucy Harwood from Las Iguanas said: “This Christmas, Las Iguanas Plymouth jumped at the chance to maintain its partnership with Children’s Hospice South West for a second year running.

“The whole team got behind the project to give something back to the community and in particular to help give a magical Christmas to some very sick children and their families.

“Our partnership with The Entertainer toy store has enabled us to turn Christmas parties in to presents again this year and it’s a great feeling to be able to play Santa for such a great charity.”

Source:  Plymouth Herald