FUND-RAISERS have handed over thousands of pounds to a bereavement charity, thanks to support from ale drinkers.
Proceeds from this year’s Houghton Beer Festival, which was held in the town’s Welfare Hall, have been given to 4Louis, as well as two other organisations.
The charity was set up after Kirsty McGurrell, from Houghton, gave birth to a stillborn baby, Louis, in December 2009.
On average, 17 babies are stillborn every day in the UK.
As a focus for Kirsty’s grief, she has devoted her time to helping mothers of babies who are stillborn and raise funds to make the experience as painless as possible.
The charity now raises cash for maternity and neonatal units, and helps to create boxes for parents so that they can take home items linked to memories of their child.
Cancer Research UK and the North East Air Ambulance have also been awarded £1,500 following sales of real ales at the festival. John Bloomfield, of Houghton Round Table, which organised the festival, said it was a pleasure to be able to hand over the money.
“They are all great causes and we’ve already got dates booked in for next year’s beer festival,” he said.
“We’ll be deciding which charities to choose in the run-up to the event.”