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’.
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.