Lighthouse L’Espoir was conceived after my beautiful family friend Quirine Robbins was seriously ill with bowel cancer. She was a bright articulate woman of 29 years who had suffered a long bought of illness but had fought all odds to finish her degree in English language with first honours. Quirine was a bridesmaid to my wedding and a special Godmother to my son Matthew John. Quirine was special in many ways but on her social visits to our home she particularly spent time with Matthew playing with him and got down on her knees to do so…reading to him. At the time I was still developing my lighthouses and things were coming together and I wanted to help her fight her cancer and thought up a way of her being able to take her mind off her problems momentarily as this lighthouse concept called ‘L’Espoir’ (Hope) It dawned on me that I could share its creation on Facebook privately with her and it gave me new meaning to the reasons why I made lighthouses which I had been unable to answer in the past. The project made me look deeper into the spiritual nature of lighthouses and it made me consider being in a storm at sea and the visual sight of a distant light being a sign of hope in the gloom and a way of guiding you to safety. In this design I wanted to show that the lighthouse stands tall in the storm and only the paintwork being worn away….rusty railings but its still there defiant in the wake of adversity.
Sadly Quirine passed away on 17th January 2010 with her newly wed husband Ceri by her bedside. It affected so many people and she is still in our thoughts to this day as evident on her Facebook page. Since Quirines passing similar projects have been undertaken as a spiritual aid to the patient and families.