Longfield (formerly Cotswold Care Hospice) was formed in 1987 by Barbara Curd, a health visitor from Nailsworth and Helen Hutchinson, a Macmillan Nurse in the area.

“I had one particular lady who had cancer and her husband went out in the morning, and I thought, gosh, there’s nothing for her. All she had was a plate of sandwiches and I thought, this is terrible. We ought to do something for her, ” commented Barbara at the start of the campaign to develop a new service in Gloucestershire to support people with a life-limiting illness.

“I could see there was a terrible need which we could not fulfil in south Gloucestershire. There was nothing, nothing at all where patients could go.” Helen Hutchinson, Co-Founder.

1988 – Cotswold Care Project launches appeal to raise £500,000 to start a hospice.

1989 – Longfield, on Burleigh Lane, a five-bedroom house with sizeable grounds was chosen as the ideal location and was purchased in mid-December. The current building is still in the same location.

1990 – Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened Cotswold Care Hospice’s Centre and continues to be the Hospice’s Patron.

“Nothing could give me greater pleasure than opening this hospice, because I feel the greatest possible admiration for the work of those who have managed to establish this.” HRH The Prince of Wales. 

1994 – Cotswold Care Home Care service was introduced. A small team of volunteers started to provide end of life care in people’s homes.

1996 – An extension on the building called the Turner Wing was completed and used to develop our education programme.

1997 – The Hospice opened its doors to patients with Multiple Sclerosis for the first time starting an MS Group. This group still meet monthly.  

1999 – Cotswold Care celebrated the opening of its first charity shop on Kendrick Street in Stroud.

1999 – The Hospice at Home service started to operate 24 hours a day.

2002 – A fifth Cotswold Care Hospice shop was opened in Minchinhampton raising money alongside shops in Stroud, Dursley, Nailsworth and Wotton-under-Edge.

2003 – Local gardening company Graduate Gardeners raised £27,000 by posing for a nude calendar.

2005 – The Board of Trustees decided that in order to improve services and facilities a new purpose-built facility needed to be constructed at a cost of £2.3 million.

2006 – Local actress and author Sheila Hancock (wife of the late John Thaw) launched a public capital appeal to raise the money needed to build the building.

2007 – The first foundation stone of the new facility is laid by Lady Apsley. The final money needed to secure the build was through a Department of Health grant.

2008 – HRH the Prince of Wales opened the new centre on 22nd December.

2010 – An extension on the building called the Garden Room was completed thanks to another Department of Health grant. This provided more space for our day therapy patients.

2013 – Following a Department of Health grant and a public capital appeal our Creative Therapy Room was built. This doubled the space of our previous art room and will enable us to develop creative therapies such as creative writing and music.

2013 – Our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened our Creative Therapy Space as well as our new Therapeutic Garden.

2015 - Following months of research with patients, families and referrers, Cotswold Care Hospice in April 2015 becomes Longfield and embarks on developing a wider range of services to be delivered across the county, in the community. The word 'hospice' is dropped because of the misconceptions people have about what hospices do and the negative impact this has on many people's preparedness to use our services.

2016 - The first outreach groups are held offering Art for Health and specialist help with Fatigue & Breathlessness and with bereavement, in community venues around Gloucester.

2017 - Outreach groups are held in Cirencester for the first time.