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.
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 > https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/23093060.solent-university-building-renamed-crash-victim-lisa-wilson/
James Bright receives his Outstanding Achievement Award from Geeta Uppal, Widening Participation Officer, at Solent University following his graduation on 13th July. James’ mother Andrea has worked for SES Autoparts for 27 years and was, unsurprisingly, ‘made up’.
Former jockey of Lisathedaddy and Lisa’s Legacy, horses owned by Trish and Clive named after Lisa won the Epsom Derby riding Desert Crown on Saturday June 8th.Richard won this very special event celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee and the late Lester Piggott in grand style winning comfortably. Riding for Sir Michael Stoute he rode a great race and victory was never in question once he hit the front. Richard rode 17 times for Clive and Trish on both Lisathedaddy and Lisa’s Legacy with 4 wins and several places between them. Always a shy and polite jockey this win has catapaulted him into the forefront of the racing world. Richard is married with two young boys. The following day he rode two winners at Goodwood and Trish and Clive were there to see him and congratulate his amazing weekend. We wish him every success in the future.
Following recent donations to The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund the charity have now broken through the £300,000 barrier. Donations from Snow’s Motor Group, SES Autoparts and sales from Clive’s book ‘The Friends of Gasparilla’ have seen donations increase to a staggering £302,898.
This is a figure that could never have been dreamt of when the charity was started in 2003. Many thanks to the many individuals and companies that have supported the charity throughout that time. This money has to date enabled the charity to support over 100 students with bursaries and is a truly fitting Legacy to Lisa.