More photos from the evening can be viewed at http://www.kcphoto.co.uk/galleries/celebrating-lisa-at-40/
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.
The New Forest Marathon took place on Sunday 10th September. The event was a huge success with over 5000 runners competing in the various events, from a family walk to a full marathon. Although the weather broke during the day, it did not have any effect on the vast majority of the runners. Various sponsors and runners on behalf of The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund raised over £2500 for Lisa’s charity. Some of the known runners were friends of SES Autoparts: Shaun Monaghan, Tom Kidd, and Christian Rivron. Also, Kubler Racing – who train ‘Socrates’ for Clive and Trish – entered 2 teams that performed really well, with the girls winning the 5k trophy and Daniel Zurynek winning the Mens’ 5k.
Thank you all for your wonderful support!
Lisa loved to dance and really loved her music and when she was in Australia she liked a group called Blues Traveler. They had a big hit called Run Around and she would get on the podium (coffee table) in the backpackers hostel in Melbourne and dance her ass off!
We saw they were in Florida at Estero so got tickets to see them. They very kindly donated this album signed by all the members to be auctioned at a future fundraiser for the Charity. They also gave me a personal copy of the CD.
What a great night and truly amazing musicians. You can listen to Run Around on YouTube and their current album (pictured) is called Blow Up The Moon.
If you get the chance, you should see them live – amazing.
This year, instead of sponsoring the Lisa Wilson Golf Day, SES Autoparts will be sponsoring the New Forest Marathon and encouraging people to raise money for the charity through one of the several events taking place on the day. The event will take place on Sunday September 11th at the New Forest Showground just outside Brockenhurst in Hampshire.
The New Forest Marathon is so much more than just a marathon; there is a half marathon, 10k, and 5k event, as well as a woodland walk and children’s fun run.
There is also the SES Corporate team challenge for teams of four — male, female or mixed teams can enter.
On top of this there is live music and many vendors selling goods, plus SES have a corporate area for light refreshments. Full details can be found at www.newforestmarathon.co.uk
SES are pleased to be able to offer a discount to friends of the charity;
For individuals invited by SES a 10% discount off the non affiliated entrants fee will be applied in the main competitions. You must enter SESRUN at the checkout stage.
For teams entering the SES corporate challenge an 18% discount will be applied. You must enter the code SESTEAMRUN at the checkout stage.
All entries can be made by visiting www.newforestmarathon.co.uk and following the sign up instructions. You will also be able to see more useful information about the event. The team entry needs the information from all four runners before it can be entered. Discounts will be applied at the checkout stage using the codes above.
Feel free to run for fun but we would encourage you to run on behalf of our nominated charity, The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund.
If you wish to run for the LWSF, you can download a sponsorship/gift aid form here –> Sponsorship Form.pdf
You can also donate to the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund by visiting our page at www.virgingivingmoney.com