The Great West Run
The Great West Run


Children's Hospice South West

At Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) we provide care for children who are not expected to survive into adulthood. The care we offer is wide ranging; respite, emergency, palliative and end of life care. From diagnosis through to bereavement and beyond, we are there for as long as the family needs us.

We've partnered with The Great West Run so that we can raise valuable awareness and funds  every penny raised in sponsorship from the Great West Run lets our skilled, qualified and totally committed staff make more precious memories for children with a life-limiting illness in the South West.

We are so grateful to all of our runners and supporters at the Great West Run, and when you cross the finish line on the 15th October we hope you'll feel like a champion in more ways than one.

It would be fantastic if you were able to support our wonderful charity by running the Great West Run. We have some charity places available, but if you’ve already secured your place you can still run for us! You can find out more information on our website or by getting in touch with Josh at or 01271 325 270.


Hospiscare is a local charity providing free, high quality care and support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness, and those close to them in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

Care is provided through our Day Services centres and 12 bed inpatient ward. Community Nurse Specialists also visit patients in their homes, care homes and hospitals, and the Supportive Care Team is on hand to help patients, families and carers through the challenges they face.   

The crucial role we play is perhaps best expressed by one of our patients: “Having Hospiscare close at hand, with regular visits and never more than a phone call away is like someone holding my hand, just when I need it”

We use our expertise to allow families to spend time together, free from symptoms and worries. Giving patients choices and ensuring dignity are of the utmost importance to us, as is looking after the needs and wishes of the whole family.

We recognise that we cannot change a terminal diagnosis but we can help to change how patients feel about it and help families deal with the consequences.

Should you wish to support Hospiscare when running The Great West Run, find out all you need to know by visiting 

Force Cancer Charity

FORCE Cancer Charity – working locally to support anyone affected by cancer, face to face

• FORCE is there to help, whatever your cancer and wherever you are on your cancer journey. Cancer brings about change in people’s lives and hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience. A diagnosis is often accompanied by a range of different emotions which can prove challenging to face alone. The FORCE Support Centre offers a relaxed and comfortable setting where patients, their families and friends can get information, advice and help. You do not need a referral, which means you can call in when it’s convenient to you. You can meet other Centre users as well as talk with professional staff and trained volunteers. In 2015 there were 21,367 visits to the Centre.

• Anyone treated for cancer locally has likely benefited from equipment purchased by FORCE. The charity has spent around £1.5million on cutting edge items to enhance patient care at the RD&E. Making funds available to buy the most advanced life-saving technology available for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of FORCE’s key objectives. It is part of our ongoing strategy to ensure that local cancer patients along with their carers, families and friends are fully supported.

• All FORCE services are paid for with funds generated entirely by the charity with no Government funding. None of what FORCE does would be possible without the generous support of local people who offer support in so many ways – with donations, by taking part in fundraising events, organising their own fundraisers or giving time as a volunteer.

FORCE Cancer Charity is one of the official charity partners of the Great West Run 2017.

Sarah Daniels, Head of Fundraising at FORCE Cancer Charity, said: ““FORCE works locally to support anyone affected by cancer with face to face support and advice. We have a support centre in Exeter open five days per week and services in Okehampton and Tiverton one day per week. FORCE is for local people, funded by local people.

“We are delighted to be a part of this very important local event. It’s day that our city should be proud of.

“We already have 100 supporters taking part for us. Could you run and raise funds for your local cancer charity? We would like to raise more than £15,000 at the event this year to support people in our area. Please contact Naomi Cole on 01392 406153 for further details.”

Force Great West Run - Virgin Money Giving Page

Official Sponsors

  • CLIF Bar
  • Exeter City Council
  • Active Devon
  • Exeter Phsyio
  • Mbition
  • Stagecoach

Official Charities

  • Force Cancer Charity
  • Children's Hospice South West