Souter Lighthouse to shine again in memory of babies

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BEAMS of light will shoot from Souter Lighthouse in a global tribute to families devastated by the loss of a child.

In a rare sight, permission has been granted to turn on the landmark’s light as Sunderland sister charities, 4Babybell, 4Louis and 4Alfie, join forces to pay tribute to infants whose lives were cut tragically short.

They are leading a “Wave of Light,” which sees candles lit at 7pm in time zones across the world to create a continuous light.

Wearsiders are invited to join the area’s special tribute which takes place today from 6.30pm to 9pm, to mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Vicky Smith founded 4Babybell after suffering an early miscarriage to help others going through the trauma.

The 26-year-old, from Red House, said: “Usually we do something on this day every year, like set lanterns off at Roker Beach, but this year we wanted to host a big event for the people of Sunderland and South Tyneside, for families affected by the loss of a child.

“Because of the different time zones, the lights make a wave across the globe in memory of angels.”

She added: “We will have a minister there for people to talk to if they wish and we will be giving away free candles.

“We have been granted permission by Trinity House to switch on the lighthouse beam to shine across the waves and we hope to do that every year.

“The National Trust will be holding free tours of the lighthouse.

“They have also agreed to open the tea rooms for us and the fog horn will be sounded out loud and clear so all our angels can hear us.

“All bereaved parents, grandparents, family and friends are all welcome.”

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