A very emotional 40th birthday party and gala dinner at Solent University raised over £11,000 for charity benefitting the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund.
On Friday evening, one hundred and twenty special guests attended the gala dinner in honor of Lisa who would have been 40 years old on March 15th. The guests included Vice Chancellor Graham Baldwin from SolentUniversity, some of Lisa’s school, college and uni friends, plus family members and other special guests. The evening was packed with tributes and video of Lisa on her journey around the world.
A raffle auction and silent auction took place raising in excess of £11,000 for the charity. Many celebrities had donated memorabilia, including honary doctotare from the university Craig David who donated a guitar used on the making of his last album.
There was cabaret from Lucie Campbell who has previously been supported by the charity, plus Martin Murphy and his daughter Danni. Comedian and impressionist Mike Osman hosted the evening and did the second half of the show as ‘The Donald’ Trump, followed by dancing to Abba Rival to round the night off, as Lisa has always been a ‘Dancing Queen.
It was an incredible evening, and wonderful to see so many supporters of the charity.
To date we have raised over £290,000, and some ninety seven students have benefitted from the charity. As every £1000 represents a year in a student’s life, Lisa’s Legacy has now become 290 years of education.
Lisa was a big Saints fan and, like her dad Clive, loved football. When Clive was a youngster he saw several FA Cup Finals including the 1970 one between Chelsea and Leeds at Wembley. On the road to Wembley, the ‘King of Stamford Bridge’ Peter Osgood scored in every round of the FA cup including a diving header in the Final Replay. Peter went on to play for Saints and was a member of the Saints team that famously beat Manchester United to win the FA Cup in 1976.
Tragically Peter was taken from us ahead of his time in 2006. Like Lisa, he left us far too young. Clive became involved with the Ex Saints and met Peter’s wife Lynn when she wanted to arrange an event to commemorate Peter’s life in 2011 at St Marys.
Peter’s great friend Ian Hutchinson also left us far too young, and every year at Windsor there is the ‘Ossie and Hutch’ race day to remember ‘the boys’. Following Peter’s death, Lynn started the Peter Osgood Trust which was was established in 2008 to provide grants for young people suffering from a disability, be it physical or social, to enjoy the sport that Peter so loved.
Each year Elaine and Lynne have this very special day and choose to support another charity as well as Peter’s charity, and this year for the second time decided to support The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund.
With an auction, silent auction, and raffle, nearly £6000 was raised and split between the two charities. The MC for the day was Denis Bundy who had some great memorabilia and events to auction in his own inimitable style.
The race day, the fifteenth to take place, was attended by nearly two hundred people was as usual a great success.
What a lovely way to remember three lovely people taken ahead of their time that brought us all so many wonderful memories. The Windsor race day continues to keep those memories coming long after the boys’ early departures.
Thanks Lynn and Elaine.
Well after 13 years of fun in the sun we have sold our beautiful Cranchi sports cruiser, Lisathedaddy. Ordered at the Boat Show in 2002 and launched on Lisa’s birthday March 15th 2003, we shipped her to Florida in 2008. So many happy memories and we think over 100 people have enjoyed days out on her; dolphin running, manatee watching, fishing, and drinking. She now moves to a new home on Longboat key where the new owners live.
The new owners kindly donated $1000 to Lisa’s charity when they heard her story.
Happy days everyone, no tears just great memories. Enjoy the photos.
If you would like to support the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund you can now make donations through Virgin Giving by following this link – Make a Donation.
Also, If you would like to do a fundraising event in aid of the Scholarship Fund, this would be the place to set it up.