Howard Butterworth supports those charities close to his heart. Since becoming a full-time artist in 1977, Howard continues to raise funds for Children 1st (formerly RSPCC), Children in Need, The National Trust for Scotland and Cancer Research. More recently he has given his enthusiastic support to the River Dee Trust which will help protect the future of the River Dee valley.
Mary not only follows in her father's footsteps by painting, but also strongly believes in supporting charities. Together they have helped raise funds for Aberdeen Foyer which works to alleviate youth homelessness and unemployment. Funds were also raised for the 4 5 Commando Royal Marines regiment in Arbroath to help build a garden of remembrance,reflection and recuperation. Their longterm support for the Sick Kids Hospital, Marie Curie, CLAN, and other charities continues.
Both artists were heavily involved in the Wild Dolphins project in Aberdeen which raised over £1/2 million for the ARCHIE Foundation and the WDC. ARCHIE was established as the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, to raise funds that would ‘Make the Difference’ between the high standards of care and a total child and family centred experience. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (formerly WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.
Furthermore, last year Howard celebrated his 70th birthday by creating #FindHoward. Over the summer of 2015 he painted 12 pictures in 12 different locations around Scotland. All 12 originals were then auctioned at The Marcliffe at Pitfodels in October with 30% of the proceedings donated to The ARCHIE Foundation. In total an amazing £16,000 was raised by Howard for one of his favourite charities.
This year Howard and Mary will be creating designs for the Wild in Art "Oor Wullie Bucket Trail" in association with DC Comics, once again raising funds for ARCHIE.