A BEREAVEMENT charity devoted to helping parents cope with the loss of stillborn children has welcomed a cash boost courtesy of a beer bonanza.
Houghton Round Table has passed on £2,500 to charity 4Louis after the town’s first beer festival.
The charity, set up by mum Kirsty McGurrell after her first child Louis died aged just 12 days, makes sweet dreams boxes, which serve as a memento of a child’s life.
They include a moulding kit for a baby’s hands and feet as well as candles and teddies.
The boxes are now used in a number of hospitals in the North East.
Houghton Beer Festival took place at the town’s Welfare Hall in May and proved to be a roaring success.
The venue was packed out across a weekend with a number of bands performing to audiences.
Round Table member John Bloomfield, who helped organise the inaugural event, explained why 4Louis was chosen as the main beneficiary of the proceeds.
John said: “We very strongly voted in favour of making 4Louis our primary charity and award them the biggest share of the proceeds of the festival.
“We were particularly impressed in the hands-on approach of the charity, with no one earning a living for the work they do, just all giving up their time to address a need they feel is being overlooked.
“Aside from the impressive nature of the individuals concerned, the cause is one close to my own heart having had twin boys stillborn in 2010.
“Although I didn’t hear about 4Louis until much later, I can see the work they do must offer great support and comfort to parents.”
Other charities which received cash are Macmillan Cancer Resesarch, which was handed £1,500, and sport and education group Thunder Community Trust, part of Gateshead Thunder Rugby Club, which received £1,000.