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Butterwick Hospice founder dies aged 91

Mary Butterwick Credit: Butterwick Hospice Care

Mary Butterwick OBE, who founded Butterwick Hospice Care in 1984, has died aged 91.

Mrs Butterwick, who had been frail for some time, died peacefully in the Hospice earlier on Wednesday September 30th.

As conscious as we are that we have lost our Charity’s Founder, Mary was also a much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and our thoughts are particularly with her family at this time.

Although Mary had not been actively involved in the direction and management of the Hospice for some twenty years, she always maintained a keen interest in its work.

She leaves behind a magnificent legacy arising from her vision, personal sacrifice and tenacity in establishing the Hospice 31 years ago which will continue to benefit the local population for many years to come."

– Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, Butterwick Hospice Care Chief Executive

Memorial books, for members of the public wishing to record their personal condolences, are being placed within the hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland.


Stockton Council warns of 400 further job cuts

Hundreds of people's jobs are under threat as Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council looks to make further budget cuts.

The council has already removed 700 jobs since 2010 and are expecting "the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years".

A spokesperson for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “Despite making £34 million of savings in the last five years, additional reductions to the Council’s budget mean a further £17.2 million of savings need to be delivered over the next three years.

Whilst we will continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable of our residents and areas of greatest need, we do need to plan for further changes to help us deliver the required savings.

Since 2010 700 posts have been removed from the organisation and we expect the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years.

By having a plan we can manage this as sensitively as possible and minimise compulsory redundancies although this is becoming increasingly difficult.

– Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council spokesperson

If approved the council has said, "it will save £800,000 per year.”

The plans will be discussed at a cabinet meeting tonight, September 10th.


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