Southampton Crematorium donates £5,000 to child bereavement charity 4Louis

The crematorium has raised this money from their recycling of metals scheme

Southampton Crematorium, which is run by Southampton City Council, has donated £5,000 to 4Louis, a charity which supports families who suffer a stillbirth or neonatal death.

4Louis presentationThe crematorium has raised this money from their Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) recycling of metals scheme. The presentation of the cheque took place on Monday 9 April at 10.30am at Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road.

4Louis was set up in 2009, by Kirsty McGurrell, a grieving mother who had suffered a stillbirth. She decided she wanted to do something to help make a devastating experience a little more bearable by letting families know they were not alone. One of the many ways 4Louis now do this is by providing over 200 hospitals and hospices across the UK with memory boxes, so parents can capture as many memories as they can. Each memory box costs around £30, and contains items such as clay impression kits for hand and feet imprints, teddy bears and an angel. They send out thousands of these memory boxes each year.

Bob McGurrell, Trustee at 4Louis, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Southampton Crematorium for this donation. As a small family run charity we are thrilled, and this will go a long way in helping our cause.

"4Louis was established after our daughter Kirsty's first child Louis was stillborn at 38 weeks in 2009. Very little was available to create lasting memories for families suffering child loss so we created the 4Louis memory boxes. The charity has donated memory boxes to over 200 hospital and hospices across the UK, free of charge. We also supply boxes to the Armed Forces in Cyprus and Germany along with Police Forces in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

"On top of this, we have donated vital equipment such as cuddle cots, cuddle blankets, camera, printers, IPad carts and moses baskets. We are also proud to have completed many bereavement suites at various hospitals across the UK, and provide study days for health professionals. In addition, we are excited to have just agreed to sponsor our very first bereavement midwife who starts her training in September.”

Linda Francis, Service Lead for Registration & Bereavement Services at Southampton City Council, said: “We are delighted that our crematorium is able this year to support the charity 4Louis, and we hope this money helps them to continue providing their incredible support to bereaved families suffering after the trauma of a stillbirth or neonatal death.”