Paying tribute to Iris Green

Former Worthing Mayoress Iris Green who co-founded Worthing Cat Welfare Trust (WCWT) and devoted much of her life to animal welfare has sadly died.

Tributes have poured in for Iris, aged 85, who set up the now-registered charity with Sandra Collins nearly 30 years ago.

The wife of Honorary Alderman Peter Green, Iris also served as Worthing Mayoress at his side from 1996 to 1997.

At the time of establishing WCWT in 1995, Iris and Sandra had 40 cats and the princely sum of just £40 in the bank but, thanks to their determination and sheer hard work, WCWT went from strength to strength.

Former WCWT Chair and current Trustee, Sandra said: “Iris was an inspiration and we worked closely together, supported by our hard-working and loyal volunteers, to create and sustain the successful local charity that we see today.

“Initially we paid for cat food and vets bills ourselves, until we got our first charity shop, in Brighton Road, which was opened by animal welfare campaigner Carla Lane, and proved to be very successful for the charity.

“This started us out on the path to where we now, rehoming an average of 280 cats in need, annually.

“Above all, Iris was my very dear friend and I am deeply saddened by her death. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Peter, and their son Nigel and his wife Paula”.

Iris was a former Chair of WCWT, stepping down in 2017, and took a keen interest in the charity until the end of her long life.

Professionally, she worked for Singer Link-Miles, the Scout Association in Lancing and Abbeyfield in Worthing.

Current WCWT Chair Joss Loader said: “I first met Iris when I was working as news editor for the Worthing Herald series, both in a professional capacity and also when I adopted cats from our incredible charity.

“Her passion for cat welfare, compassion for all animals and sheer drive and hard work were simply phenomenal. She leaves a remarkable legacy and WCWT is forever in her debt.”

Iris’s funeral will take place at 12 noon on Monday, May 13th, at Worthing Crematorium.

Worthing Cat Welfare Trust was started 28 years ago by Iris Green and Sandra Collins. Read the full story here.

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