Penshaw Monument lit in pink and blue to honour infant deaths

Penshaw Monument to be lit pink and blue for 4Louis charity. Kirsty McGurrell
Penshaw Monument to be lit pink and blue for 4Louis charity. Kirsty McGurrell
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Penshaw Monument has been lit in pink and blue to honour children who’ve lost their lives.

To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week the landmark will shine at night in the colours of the 4Louis charity, which reaches out to parents and families affected by still birth, miscarriage and infant death.

Penshaw Monument lit in pink and blue

Penshaw Monument lit in pink and blue

The charity was established by Kirsty McGurrell from Houghton and her family who channelled their grief to help others after her first son was stillborn in 2009.

Kirsty, 28, who is mum to Mitchell, five, and Oskar, three, said: “We rang the council to ask if Penshaw Monument could be lit to mark the awareness week this week and were over the moon when they agreed.”

As well as Penshaw Monument, which will be lit in the colours until Sunday, the charity has arranged for Souter Lighthouse to be lit on Saturday, October 15.

They received permission from The National Trust and national lighthouse authority, Trinity House, to host a Wave of Light event in the Fog Horn field and to switch on the lighthouse light.

The light, which is rarely switched on, will form a wave of lights and candles being lit at 7pm on Saturday to mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Portfolio Holder for City Services, councillor Michael Mordey, said: “Penshaw Monument will be lit up in pink and blue for the 4Louis campaign, which provides help and support for families affected by still-born and infant deaths.

“The Sunderland landmark will be part of a national wave of light which I hope will help raise public awareness of the campaign, and demonstrate our support for all those people who have tragically lost a loved one in this way.“

The 4Louis charity began by supplying memory boxes to Sunderland Royal Hospitals to help parents affected by stillborn or early years death and has gone from strength to strength.

Today, from its offices in Washington, 4Louis supplies memory boxes to 222 hospitals, 504 hospital units, 28 children’s hospices, five army barracks, ten funeral homes and recently made its first international delivery to Dublin.