We support adults with life-limiting illness from their diagnosis onwards. We help people to understand and manage their illness, to cope with its impact on their lives, as well as supporting them to live well. Importantly, we support family and carers too. We provide a Hospice at Home service, enabling people in the last three months of life to stay at home if that is their choice. Our services also include help for families to deal effectively with their grief, and education for other professionals who are looking after people at the end of life. We sum up the benefits of what we offer as ‘Living well; Dying well; Caring well’.
All of Longfield’s services are free and most are provided at our beautiful day hospice in Minchinhampton. Some, including Wellbeing Workshops, Fatigue & Breathlessness and Bereavement Groups, are increasingly being offered at community venues, closer to where people live. Currently, 85% of the charity’s income comes from the general public, through our 20 shops, our weekly lottery, voluntary donations, gifts in Wills and a host of fundraising events and activities.
The charity employs around 145 people but is also highly dependent on volunteers. Over 400 people volunteer for us each year; across every department – at the hospice itself, at our events and in our shops and warehouse.