Founding Trustee's

Bob Mcgurrell - Chairman


Bob is from Whitburn and a big Sunderland fan.  He has worked in the drilling industry for 30 years and employed by Vaston MGS.  

Fiercely passionate about childloss and very proud to be a trustee of this lovely charity supporting families through their darkest days 

Tracey McGurrell


Kirsty Mcgurrell - Director


From Houghton- Le -Spring is our founding Trustee and Charity Director, Kirsty is mum to Louis, Mitchell, Oskar and Daisy-May.  

Kirsty's partner, and dad to their 4 children, Michael who hails from Washington, works for Caterpillar, Peterlee. 

"Losing Louis was the most heartbreaking experience i have ever had in my life, the grief is like no other. It is a comfort to know that in Louis' name we are making a difference to families who sadly are facing such devastation." 


Victoria Usher- Fundraising & Events Co ordinator


From Gateshead Victoria is our only Geordie Trustee of the 4Louis charity. Victoria is a full time mum to 2 boys, Leland and Harrison and puts all her spare time into 4Louis  

"I was honoured to be asked to become a Trustee for the charity as it is holds a special place in my heart after helping my family in 2011. I became involved within two months and have been here ever since. I could not imagine doing anything else." 

Sharon Abbott



I am a proud mum of 3 adult children and I am also grandmother to 7 beautiful grandchildren.

One of my grandchildren, Harry, lives in Heaven. He was born still and asleep in May 2013. Since losing Harry I have taken a passionate interest in supporting other families who have experienced the trauma of losing a child. When I retired from teaching in 2015 I became more involved in the Charity 4Louis. They supported my family at our darkest of times. I am honoured to support them and raise awareness of Stillbirth and Neonatal death. 

I am now a trustee of 4 Louis and represent them at National Conferences, Hospital Study Days and any fundraising events in aid of the charity.

Our Patrons

Stuart & Paula Parnaby


 Stuart & Paula Parnaby have been a great support to 4Louis. The family have worked hard by raising funds and more importantly the awareness. We have thought long and hard over the last 4 years to invite someone to become patron of our charity and the couple are perfect for us. We were delighted and proud when they both accepted and we look forward to working with them in the future. 

Paula Emily Parnaby and myself are so proud and honoured to be named patrons of 4Louis. The charity has been a massive help to us both since December. We might not have the memories of Poppy that we have if it wasn't for our memory box provided by them. We're now proud to know we can help other bereaved parents.
Thanks to all our friends and family for the ongoing support, helping to raise awareness and a good bit of money in the process.

Michael & Dawn Nelson


 Myself and Dawn are extremely proud and honoured to be named patrons of The 4louis Charity.  

Unfortunately for our family the charity had not been founded in 2002 when we lost our little boy Jay. Had the charity have been going at that time then I’m sure it would have been a massive help to us. However we take great pride and joy in seeing the charity help families like ours create loving and lasting memories of their little angels.  Thank you to all our family and friends for helping us to raise awareness and money for this fantastic charity. 

Yana Richens OBE PhD MPhil MSc BSc RGN RM SEN


The Deputy Head of Maternity Services NHS England and Consultant Midwife at University College London Hospital, where she practices clinically. She also holds the position of honorary lecturer at University College London, City University London, and London Southbank University; and midwifery and nursing lead for research at the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL.

Yana has a PhD which explored fear of birth; her main research focus is fear and anxiety of birth, inequalities in health, public health Yana has published and presented extensively in this field.  She is Co-editor in Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, and board member of the African Journal of Midwifery and Nursing Standard. Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Year’s Honors List 2011. In 2014 Yana made the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ’s) list of 100 black and ethnic (BME) communities’ pioneers. Yana was the first midwife to be awarded the prestigious Mary Seacole Fellowship and the first midwife to receive a NICE fellowship. Yana was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. Yana is frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences and held the position of global advisor to the Royal College of Midwives. She is founder of the FGM national clinical group which led the successful lobbying for national reporting system and Patron to the 4Louis bereavement charity, after her first grandchild Florence was born sleeping. 


Dr Chantal Lockey



Chantal is absolutely delighted to be appointed as an Ambassador for 4 Louis.

In 2004, Chantal lost her first born daughter to Sudden Infant Death. Marnie Mae was just six weeks of age.

Chantal felt completely unsupported by healthcare professionals and felt that following Marnie’s death that she was “left to get on with it”.

In 2009, Chantal set up The Foundation for Infant Loss Training. The aims of the organisations were to ensure that all professionals working with families following an infant loss, were properly trained.  Chantal has trained thousands of professionals in person and also via our online training, which has accreditations across the world.

Chantal frequently works with 4Louis to ensure that medics are also aware of the practical benefits of making memories such as the importance of the 4Louis memory box, casting and inkless kits and the importance of Bereavement photography.

4Louis are able to provide an invaluable parents and grandparents perspective of losing Louis to stillbirth, whilst Chantal is able to provide a parent perspective of Sudden Infant Death.

The collaboration between 4Louis and The Foundation means that high levels of bereavement education are accessible to professionals across the UK.

Chantal’s training is Award winning and had been recognised recently in the following ways:

Contribution to Midwifery Education (Finalist): The British Journal of Midwifery Awards 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Good Funeral Guide Awards 2017

British Citizen Award for Services to Healthcare: The Palace of Westminster 2016

Invitations to The House of Commons and Buckingham Palace for Services to Health

Chantal looks forward to working with 4Louis and is looking forward to raising further awareness of what 4Louis offers bereaved families through her training.

Chantal is very fortunate to have a Rainbow daughter, Ruby Mae, who is 12 who is also a young advocate for the charity!.