We believe everyone touched by a life-limiting illness should benefit from free hospice care.

Longfield offers not just a helping hand but a listening ear and a warm and compassionate welcome to families in need in the community supporting them to cope better with the impact of the illness on their lives and bereavement.

We rely on the generosity of the public to fund 80% of its work, by leaving a gift in your will today, will help us reach more families who need us in the future.

 “When you lose someone, one minute your life can be in order and then suddenly, everything changes. You then have to find a way to pick up the pieces which can be very lonely. Longfield offers people a sense of community, where you feel comfortable and supported. You are given a hug and for some that can be the first hug they’ve had in a long time.

I first used Longfield in 2000 when my wife Jan died of breast cancer. I had one-to-one counselling and group sessions and it was there I later met my partner Sue who had lost her husband the same year. She was passionate about Longfield and was a regular volunteer there.  

When Sue fell ill with lung cancer, Longfield was there again to support us with the Hospice at Home service. After she died, I wanted to give something back to Longfield, so I became a volunteer driver and now I am trustee.  I also go along to the walk and talk sessions to help others who have been bereaved. It helps to chat to someone who has been through a similar experience.

We will all be affected by loss in one way or another and Longfield is there for everyone whether you are a patient, carer or a loved one. Please do what you can to help support its work.”

Brian Ratcliffe

Photo of Sue & Brian together

Help more families benefit from free hospice care

Gifts in will have enabled Longfield to introduce vital services such as Hospice at Home and bereavement counselling.  They have also helped us to care for more people in our community than ever before.

The need for our help in Gloucestershire continues to grow but sadly, the amount we receive in gifts in wills has reduced which has a direct impact on the services we want to provide.

Whether you leave us a percentage of your estate or a cash sum, however large or small, every gift means so much to us.

 Our promise to you

 

  • We understand that your family and loved ones come first.
  • We will not pressure you - we appreciate that it is a decision you will want to make in your own time. 
  • We are happy to answer any questions you have and will keep you up to date with our work in a way that suits you best.
  • We will handle any gifts you leave sensitively and respectfully.
  • We respect your right to privacy and understand if you prefer not to tell us about your decision. At the same time, we would love the opportunity to say thank you if you decide to leave a legacy to support our work.
  • We understand that you are free to change your mind at any time about leaving a legacy to us. 

 

 How to leave a gift in will

 We’ve made it even easier to leave a gift by running Make a Will fortnight between October 1st and October 14th.

A group of solicitors have agreed to give up their time and expertise to draft a standard will for free and in return, we ask that you consider making a donation to Longfield. To find out more visit our Make a Will page.

Longfield also works all year round with Active Wills which offer our supporters an online basic single or mirrored will for free. For more information, visit Active Wills website

Or alternatively give Longfield’s address to your solicitor (Longfield, Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton GL5 2PQ).

 * We recommend you always seek independent legal advice

 Or, download our leaflet.