Landmark lighthouse to be lit in act of remembrance

Kirtsy McGurrell from the 4Louis charity at a previous Wave of Light at Souter Lighthouse
Kirtsy McGurrell from the 4Louis charity at a previous Wave of Light at Souter Lighthouse
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In a rare sight Souter Lighthouse will shine across the North Sea as a moving act of remembrance.

The 4Louis charity has been granted permission by 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.

Founder of 4Louis Kirsty McGurrell with her memory boxes.

Founder of 4Louis Kirsty McGurrell with her memory boxes.

The light will form a wave of lights and candles being lit at 7pm on October 15 to mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

It’s a cause close to the heart of 4Louis which was set up by Kirsty McGurrell from Houghton and her family after her son Louis was stillborn in 2009.

The 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.

Kirsty, 28, who is mum to Mitchell, five, and Oskar, three, says the Wave of Light is a chance for all the volunteers and those they help to come together and remember their loved ones.

She said: “It’s absolutely beautiful to see the lighthouse lit up and shining across the waves, it’s a really fitting tribute.

“The Wave of Light is international, so across the time zones at that time people will be lighting candles. It’s a very emotional night but it’s also a great way for all the families, who often just speak to each other on social media, to come together and connect with each other.”

The Wave of Light at Souter Lighthouse is free to attend.

Gates will be open from 6pm ready for the switch on of the lighthouse and the lighting of candles from 7pm. Candles and holders will be provided free on the night and can be lighted to remember a child that they, a family member, or friend may have lost.

The night will also include a performance from the NS Scots Pipe Band and the tea room will be open for refreshments.

Organisers ask that you don’t bring balloons or lanterns to release as The National Trust does not permit this on their property.