Families marked the longest day of the year by stepping out to support Longfield. More than 300 walkers and dogs completed the 5km or 10km circular Solstice Walk across Minchinhampton Common to raise money for Longfield. For Lesley Gardner and her daughter Kerry Bratchell it was their way of saying thankyou to Longfield. The charity’s hospice at home team supported Lesley’s father Bill Rugman so that he could die at home. “Longfield came to my home and helped me care for my dad in the last days of his life and there are no words to describe just how wonderful they are,” said Lesley, from Cam. “This walk is quite a struggle for me as I have difficulty just walking to Tesco but I’m doing it for a very good cause.” Lesley and Kerry, who lives in Stroud, have raised more than £700 in sponsorship. Gloucester Mayor Neil Hampson officially started the walk. “I am a qualified district nurse and I have worked a lot in palliative care. Last year my mother-in-law died of cancer. Longfield made it possible for her to die at home which was her wish,” said Councillor Hampson. “Because of that Longfield is my charity of the year and I hope we can raise lots of money for them over the next 12 months.” Sarah Watson, from Stonehouse, was walking with her daughter Maya and her mother-in-law Gillian. She said Longfield enabled the family to look after her father-in-law so that he could die at at home. “It was what he wanted and thanks to Longfield we did that,” said Sarah. After completing the walk, families enjoyed food and live music at Longfield in Burleigh Lane. They also spent time in the memory garden leaving ribbons in tribute to loved ones who have died. “It was wonderful to see so many people take part in the walk and support our work,” said Andrew Fletcher, Chief Executive of Longfield. “Money raised will ensure we can continue to support those in the county who need us most. See all the photographs taken on the night.