Lighthouse tribute to lost children

Kirtsy McGurrell from the 4Louis charity at the Wave of Light event at Souter Point Lighthouse, Whitburn, Sunderland.
Kirtsy McGurrell from the 4Louis charity at the Wave of Light event at Souter Point Lighthouse, Whitburn, Sunderland.
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A LANDMARK beacon shone brightly in a global tribute to young children who have died.

Special permission was granted to turn on Souter Lighthouse as part of the Wave of Light, an annual tribute to babies who have died from still birth and other conditions.

The Sunderland arm of the international memorial was led by Kirsty McGurrell, 25, from Houghton who set up charity 4Louis after her first child Louis died just days before his due date in 2009.

Kirsty, who is mum to Mitchell, two, and Oskar, eight months, said: “It’s very emotional seeing the lighthouse lit up in memory of all those babies.

“We held this event for the first time last year and it was so popular that people asked us to do it again this year. We’re hoping to make it an annual tribute.”

Scores attended the event, which also featured entertainment from local bands. It took place this week as part of Babyloss Awareness Week.