When Arthur Green’s wife Doreen died from cancer in 2008, Arthur was keen to leave a legacy that would provide long-term benefit for local charities and organisations, particularly those helping young people, old people and hospices. Arthur decided that with the legacy he had inherited from his wife, he would set up the Arthur and Doreen Green Fund. Sadly, Arthur died in the summer of 2018 and the next major gift to the Fund came from his legacy.
“Not only will the fund be a permanent memorial to us both but, more importantly, the income generated will provide a contribution to the financial needs of some of the many worthy and deserving causes that exist throughout East and West Sussex.” Arthur Green.
The Arthur and Doreen Fund has given out more than £770,000 to charities and community groups. The fund makes grants in every round.
In 2021 it funded the work of Article 12 Arts with a grant of £4000. The group created two arts projects with accompanying workshops for refugees and vulnerable young artists so they could express themselves and share their stories. Project One distributed free art kits with wooden teardrops on which participants painted their stories, which were then curated into the ‘Tears of Joy’ exhibition at Chichester Cathedral for Refugee week 2021. Project Two was adapted to be part of the WSCC Epic Awards, a ceremony each year that WSCC runs for children in care across the district. The awards are given to those who have been voted as the most caring, the kindest, the most generous, so Superheroes of a different kind and there is a wonderful range of young people and their foster carers who receive the awards. Article 12 Arts were invited to decorate the space (a huge leisure centre hall). They decided to run workshops with the CYP who help put the event together asking them to draw their own Superheroes.