Butterwick Timeline

  • 1924

    Mary Born

    Mary Wood is born in Manchester, the fourth of five children.

  • 1944

    Gets Married

    Aged 19, Mary marries John Butterwick.


  • 1979


    John Dies

    In 1979 John suddenly dies of cancer, aged 54.

  • 1984

    Butterwick Opens

    Butterwick Hospice opens its doors for the first time in Hartburn Lane, Stockton.


  • 1988

    First In-Patient Service

    Move to Bishopton Road, Stockton, formerly St Paul’s Convent, to create an in-patient service.

  • 1997

    Hospice Built

    New, purpose-built £1.2m Hospice opens next door to the University Hospital of North Tees.


  • 1998

    Children’s Hospice

    The children’s Hospice opens.

  • 1999

    Honorary Degree

    Mary is given an honorary Master of Science degree at Teesside University. She is also awarded the Freedom of Stockton.


  • 2002

    OBE for Mary

    Mary is awarded an OBE for services to the Hospice movement.

  • 2011

    Butterwick Grows

    Butterwick Hospice has grown to provide day care, 10 adult beds and 6 children beds. A Day Care is opened in Bishop Auckland with outreach centres in Sedgefield,Stanhope & Bishop Auckland. Plus a team of palliative care nurses at home is funded.

    Mary’s biography – Every Moment Counts – A Life of Mary Butterwick – is published.


  • 2015


    Mary Passes

    Mary passes away, aged 91, in Butterwick Hospice.

  • 2019

    21st Birthday

    Butterwick House Hospice for babies, children and young people celebrates its 21st birthday.


  • 2019

    35 Years in Community

    Butterwick Hospice Care celebrates serving the community for 35 years.

  • 2020

    25 Years at Bishop Auckland

    Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland celebrate 25 years.