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Fred Green, a well-known figure in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, left a legacy to the hospitals he had supported during his lifetime. The legacy was £11,000,000.
Fred Green died in September 1998 in his 96th year. He was born and brought up in Mexborough and took over the family's pork butchers business in the town in the 1930's. The business expanded and in 1958 was sold to Associated Dairies and Farm Stores, now known as ASDA. Fred Green remained a board member of Associated Dairies until he retired.
Fred Green was a generous man and supported local charities. In 1989, he gave £150,000 to help equip the new Children's Hospital on the Doncaster Royal Infirmary site.
The terms of his will were:
“…to expand the capital and income (of the legacy) for the general charitable purposes of the [Doncaster Health] Authority relating to the Authority's hospitals in the Doncaster area or any research carried out therein…with the express wish that the Authority should give priority to benefiting Montagu Hospital, Mexborough.”
Fred Green's will was written when Doncaster Health Authority managed the local hospitals. This management arrangement ceased in 1991, when NHS Trusts were formed and assumed their own management responsibilities. Doncaster Royal Infirmary & Montagu Hospitals NHS Trust, now Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was agreed as the successor organisation to benefit from the legacy.
The Fred and Ann Green Legacy funded the internal construction and fitting out of the Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre at a projected cost of £498,000. The Trust is truly indebted to the generosity of Fred and Ann Green and to their subsequent legacy.