Charity fundraising to cease after 20 years

After 20 years of fund raising in memory of their daughter Lisa Wilson the family have decided to close down the charity. Now both aged over 70 Clive and Trish have passed the existing funds onto Solent University to carry on issuing bursaries in Lisa’s memory. Having raised over £300,000 and granted over 100 bursaries they feel they have created a lasting Legacy to Lisa which has dramatically changed both their lives and lives of many others. The University recognised Clive and Trish by making them Fellows of the University and in 2022 Lisa was granted an honorary posthumous award of Master of Business Administration on her 40th birthday in recognition of the work carried in the local community out in her name.

Clive and Trish receive their Fellowship award from Theo Paphitis and Graham Baldwin Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor at Solent University.

Clive and Trish will continue to support other local charities like Wessex Heartbeat and George Dillon ‘Only a dream away’ CIC. Most recently, three generations of the Wilson family–Clive, Scott and Aimee–recently carried out a freefall parachute jump raising over £1000 in memory of George Dillon who tragically died in a road traffic accident last year near Romsey. 

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Lifeboat to carry Lisa’s name

Lisa’s name will be on the RNLI’s next Launch a Memory Lifeboat the Exmouth’s Shannon Class Lifeboat 13-03 R and J Welburn. Clive and Trish have long recognised the great work carried out by the RNLI volunteers and feel this is a fitting way to support their work in Lisa’s memory.

Solent university name new business and law suite after Lisa

On Tuesday November 16th at Solent University there was an official opening ceremony of the newly-refurbished business and law suite named in memory of Lisa Wilson. The area in the ‘Spark’ building was unveiled to over fifty guests, family, friends, students and university officials. Consisting of a teaching and informal area for students, this new area is now known as The Lisa Wilson Business and Law Suite.  

Kevin Rogers, director of Solent Law School, officially declared the area open for business. Afterwards he addressed the guests and thanked the Wilson family for their support for the students and the university over the last twenty years following Lisa’s tragic death in Australia.   

Clive Wilson then paid tribute to his lovely daughter who now has a lasting legacy at the university. In a moving speech he thanked his family and friends and supporters of the charity. He also paid a special tribute to his wife Trish for her amazing support throughout the years. 

With over one hundred students benefitting from bursaries provided by The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund, he stated that having reached the age of 70 it was now time to pass the funds to the university to continue the work in Lisa’s name. 

He also paid special thanks to Geeta Uppal who has been the main liaison officer from the university over the last twenty years. Geeta closed the event with an emotional address thanking the family for the way they had turned such a tragic event into something so positive.

Solent University to name facility in Lisa’s memory 20 years after her tragic death

Today, November 4th, is the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of our beautiful daughter Lisa.

Solent University, where Lisa studied and graduated, has recently finished the refurbishment of part of its ‘Spark’ building, and it will be naming it The Lisa Wilson Business and Law Suite.

There will be a naming ceremony at the university on November 15th which will be attended by the Wilson family and some of the recipients, along with friends , family, and supporters of the charity and officials from  the university including Vice Chancellor Karen Stanton.

Lisa graduated with a BA2-1 in Business Management and it is fitting that this area will carry her name.

In 2019 Lisa was awarded a posthumous honorary degree of Master of Business Administration for work in her name in the community.

To date, Lisa’s family has raised over £300,000 and over 100 students have benefitted from the charity. The bursaries given to the students are for £1000 per annum for up to three years. As every £1000 represents a year of a students life this means Lisa’s Legacy is over 300 years of education to date.

Now, after 20 years of fundraising the Wilson family will be handing over the funds from the charity to the university to ensure  the work in Lisa’s memory lives on.

This week, The Daily Echo published a piece about the naming of the building, which you can read here >