VIDEO: Hundreds take part in Longfield’s Ale Amble

Beer fans took to the hills of Stroud to raise money for Longfield Community Hospice today (February 26).

Over 300 people participated in the charity’s Ale Amble — a four-mile circular walk with stops at local pubs.

Beginning and ending at Stroud Brewery, the route took in the inclines of The Heavens surrounding the parishes of Thrupp and Lypiatt.

Walkers arrived back to a free pint or soft drink, as well as the chance to catch a Six Nations rugby match on the big screen.

Longfield offers free, year-round care for adults in Gloucestershire who have a life-limiting illness, as well as support for their carers and loved ones.

Gill, a keen walker, signed up for the the charity’s event in memory of her late husband, Ian, who was cared for at home by the organisation in the final week of his life.

“As a retired GP, being a patient was not always an easy experience for [Ian], especially for someone who had been so fit and active,” she said prior to the Ale Amble.

“The support Ian received from [Longfield’s] Hospice at Home team was fantastic. He was treated with respect and with dignity, and I will always be grateful for the care they gave him.”

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