THE outstanding care and support offered to a patient at the colorectal nursing department at Hereford County Hospital has been recognised by his family.

Roger Bevan a well-known undertaker from Ross-on-Wye died last year.

Following his death his widow Ann decided to make a donation to the colorectal nursing unit at the County Hospital where her husband had received such care.

Her financial gift has enabled the department to furnish its counselling room for the benefit of staff and patients of the future.


Mrs Bevan also presented an original watercolour painted by local artist Jeremy Whitehouse, one of her late husband's friends. It was appropriate the painting featured a steam train, one of Mr Bevan's great interests.

Mr Bevan will be remembered in the Ross-on-Wye area as a larger than life character and a great storyteller with a wicked sense of humour.

The family business of William Bevan was established 205 years ago and continues to be run by two of Mrs Bevan's sons, Philip and Stuart, while a third son, Gregory, works in engineering.