Tributes have been paid to the founder of a children’s hospice which helps youngsters from Hartlepool and East Durham.
It comes following the death of Mary Butterwick OBE, who founded Butterwick Hospice Care in 1984, and ran facilities in Stockton and Bishop Auckland.
Mrs Butterwick, 91, who had been frail for some time, died peacefully in the hospice yesterday.
Butterwick Hospice care chief executive, Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, said: “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.
“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.”
Memorial books are being placed in the hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland which will be available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.