urgentappeal Donate We find ourselves in challenging and unprecedented times. At Longfield Hospice, we continually strive to reach everyone in Gloucestershire who needs our care, often during the precious last months, weeks and days of their lives. We want loved ones to have a pain free, dignified and compassionate death, with the full support of our expert and committed team. We cannot allow Coronavirus (Covid-19) to stop our work in the community We have acted quickly and put measures in place to protect our staff, volunteers, patients and families. We are working hard to have sufficient trained staff to reach those most vulnerable and often isolated in our community. The team is committed to adapting and working across departments, helping people at the most difficult time of their lives. Day Hospice nurses have already joined our Hospice at Home team on the front line; other care staff are now providing telephone support to people with life-limiting illnesses and are gearing up to meet a rise in demand for bereavement counselling from patients’ loved ones. The Hospice at Home team continue to work night and day, caring for patients with Lung Disease, Heart Failure, Cancer, Parkinson’s and other life-limiting conditions, giving them the opportunity to stay in their own homes. Patients will be able to die in familiar surroundings, with dignity and compassion, surrounded by their loved ones. The Hospice at Home team take pressure off an already overloaded NHS. It is imperative in this crisis that we free up as many beds as possible for the hospitals to continue to fight the virus. The current situation is putting every part of our society under pressure and Longfield is no different. Whilst the hospice is rising to the immediate challenge and supporting the work of the NHS, we must do everything in our power to be here to deliver free care and support for patients with life-limiting illness and their families next week, next month and for the years to come. The virus is already having a detrimental effect on hospice income and could, in the longer-term, threaten the hospice’s viability for future patients and their loved ones. With 85% of funding coming from voluntary support, the closure of our retail shops plus the cancellation of many community fundraising and hospice events, is hitting us hard. Please make a donation today With your commitment, we will be able to provide the same levels of personal, round-the-clock care, not only during the current crisis but long into the future. Longfield has delivered the best possible end-of-life care for over 30 years to many thousands of patients and families; now is the time for us to pull together as a community to ensure Longfield Hospice is here for future generations. Your support is more vital than ever. Let’s beat this virus together.