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.
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.
In 2016 Howard and Mary created designs for the Wild in Art "Oor Wullie Bucket Trail" in association with DC Comics, once again raising funds for ARCHIE. This project raised an incredible £883,000! Here you can see the designs created by Howard and Mary, just two of the seventy "Wullies" which were auctioned off at "The Grand Farewell".
As part of friends of ANCHOR's 20th anniversary in 2017, the charity launched its biggest fundraising appeal ever by pledging £1 million to the University of Aberdeen’s ambitious £4.5m project to attract and recruit a world-class cancer research team to the North-east of Scotland. Both artists created designs for the Friends of ANCHOR 20for20 voyage which saw twenty large anchor sculptures placed in open spaces around the country for the public to enjoy and admire. These twenty sculptures were then auctioned in November at the Chester Hotel and helped raise an amazing £349,000 for this cancer charity which means so much to both Howard and Mary.