Former chairman of Stroud Hospitals League of Friends, David Miller was the guest of honour at an opening ceremony at the Hospital when a new guest room opened – named after him and his wife Margaret.

The Damar Room will provide overnight accommodation for people visiting relatives at the hospital when they are receiving palliative care and the furnishings have been funded by the League of Friends.

Mr Miller stood down as chair of the League of Friends in September last year after more than 40 years, having first been approached to get involved with the group in 1974.

Unveiling a plaque and speaking at the official opening at the end of April David said:

“The League likes to help people and this room represents what we stand for, so it’s very important for us. It was a night in February 1974 when Matron Maley rang me and said ‘David, I’ve got a little job for you, helping with our centenary celebrations. That ‘little job’ spread a bit!
But it has been wonderful. I’d like to thank all the friends we have here today and the superb people at the Stroud Hospitals and in the community who support our work magnificently, and of course my wife who has been a wonderful companion over the years.”

Dr Roy Lamb, President of the League of Friends, added: “It’s great that we can recognise all the years that David put in with the Friends – and on behalf of the people of Stroud this is a way of recognising and recording all that work.”