Tribute of light to lost babies

Lighting candles at the Wave of Light tribute ceremony at Souter Lighthouse.
Lighting candles at the Wave of Light tribute ceremony at Souter Lighthouse.
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BEAMS of light will illuminate the sea to pay respect to babies who have lost their lives.

In a rare sight, Souter Lighthouse will shine tomorrow night as part of a national tribute to families affected by still birth and other conditions which cause infant death.

Sunderland’s participation in the global Wave of Light memorial is being led by the 4Louis charity, which was set up by Kirsty McGurrell and family after her son Louis died just before his due date in 2009.

Kirsty, 25, from Houghton, who is mum to Mitchell, two, and Oskar, eight months, said: “We did the first Wave of Light at Souter last year and it was a big success. So much so, that a lot of people asked us to do it again this year.

“It’s very emotional seeing the lighthouse lit up in memory of all those babies.

“We think around 100 people will be coming along but anyone is welcome to attend and light a candle in memory.”

The annual event 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 as part of Babyloss Awareness Week, from 6pm.

Kirsty said: “It’s a great way of people who have been affected by this to come together, share their stories and pay their respects. We’re hoping it will become an annual event.”

The event, which is free to attend, is due to last until around 9.30pm and there will be entertainment on site.