Family and friends, along with staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust came together to remember Reading local husband and wife.

The couple, who passed away last year, were long-term supporters of Macmillan, and raised funds and supported people living with cancer for more than three decades.

Their children Philip and Rachel, along with John Ward and Mark Clements from the Central Berkshire Macmillan fundraising group dedicated a bench in their memory.

The bench is situated within a private courtyard garden in the hospital’s Berkshire Cancer Centre and provides a secluded outdoor space for patients and their families.

Hospital staff hope that it will be seen as a place to regroup mentally and physically away from the hospital environment during their visits.

Nurse Consultant at the Berkshire Cancer Centre Mark Foulkes said: “It was a real privilege to meet Philp and Rachel, and to hear more about the tireless fundraising their parents did for so many years.

“It means we can support our patients with grants for the practical costs that come with living with cancer.

“I know our patients find real comfort in the peace of the little garden, the memorial bench will most certainly add to the space while also marking Brenda and Ralph’s remarkable dedication.”