University honour for district council leader

Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council, has been given an honorary fellowship from University Campus Suffolk in recognition of his work with East Anglia's Children's Hospices. ANL-151027-110919001
Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council, has been given an honorary fellowship from University Campus Suffolk in recognition of his work with East Anglia's Children's Hospices. ANL-151027-110919001

The leader of Braintree District Council has been awarded an honorary fellowship for his charity work.

Graham Butland has been given the honour by University Campus Suffolk in recognition of his work with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Mr Butland has been at the helm of the pioneering local children’s hospice charity for more than decade and received his award on Wednesday, October 22, in a special ceremony at Ipswich Town Hall.

“I’m delighted to receive this honorary award,” said Mr Butland. “I’m so lucky to head up EACH which has such a great team of staff and volunteers.

“The commitment of all of them to providing first class care and support to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses is enormous.

“I regard the award as one for everybody connected with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, including our children and families who face challenges that thankfully most of us will never experience.”

Mr Butland has been the Chief Executive of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2003.

Before joining EACH, Mr Butland held senior posts in HM Customs & Excise, The Department of Health and the NHS.

Mr Butland has overseen The Treehouse Appeal, a multi-million pound fundraising drive to build a new hospice in Ipswich, increasing the provision of care and support on offer.

EACH is one of the region’s largest charities, with hospices in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, providing care for almost 800 life-threatened children, young people and family members.