Eight new bursaries granted

Following a record number of scholarship applications this year eight bursaries have been granted. On Wednesday 18th October nearly fifty people were at Southampton Solent University to see a record number of recipients being awarded the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Award. Along with the students there were many parents and staff from the university and visitors from other feeder colleges. This years bursaries were awarded to; Liberty Allen, Cherie Cross, Tom Dowsett, Ali Lanani, Vanessa Dionne-Marie Langlais, Naomi Jane Linton, Denise Mutoni and Kirsty Anne Smithers.

The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Award recipients for 2006

Geeta Uppal introduced Clive Wilson who spoke about Lisa and showed a dvd produced by Lisa’s brother Ross called ‘Lisa’s Dream’ which was a pictorial tribute of Lisa’s photo journal on her trip around the world that so sadly ended in tragedy. Then an animated dvd also produced by Ross showed how the amazing total of £100,000

had been raised to date. This amazing figure means Lisa’s Legacy will be at least 100 years of education. Charlotte Field was also in attendance with her son, Charlotte was one of the first students to receive a bursary and this year graduated with first class honours. In an emotional speech Charlotte said how the scholarship fund had made such a big difference to her life and how she would be forever grateful. Doctor Keith Johnson spoke of how the scholarship has become such an important part of the university and expressed his thanks to Tricia and Clive. Tricia Wilson presented the bursaries to the students and a special prize was presented to Charlotte for being the first student to graduate through the scheme.

Charlotte Field with her son Max and Tricia and Clive Wilson.

Varsity football match raises £770

A dissapointing crowd at the home of Eastleigh Football Club saw Southampton Solent University run out winners against Southampton University to win the Lisa Wilson Varsity cup. Former Saint Nicky Banger presented the trophy to the winning captain.

Fund reaches £87,500

The amount of money now raised on behalf of the charity has now exceeded £87,500.  Following the successful fundraiser at the De Vere, the first target of £100,000 came ever closer. £100,000 will mean 100 years of education in Lisa’s memory, becoming Lisa’s Legacy.
Lisa’s brother Ross has created a brilliant animated DVD of how the money has been raised – it was truly inspirational and helped to pull the coffer’s out of the guests’ pockets at the dinner in Southampton, fittingly called “Lisa’s Legacy”.
To date £20,000 has been given to students, and with an annual commitment of at least £12,000 the fund raising must continue. On November 16th five more students were awarded bursaries at the newly named Southampton Solent University.  Over thirty people attended the ceremony where Pro-vice chancellor John Latham spoke on behalf of the university and Clive Wilson addressed the guests.  At the end of the ceremony Tricia Wilson presented the cheques to the students.

Outstanding Achievement Award goes to Alexander Beaumont


This year’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Alex Beaumont at the graduation ceremony at the Southampton Guildhall on November 2nd, two days before the third anniversary of Lisa’s accident. Lisa’s dad Clive was invited to the ceremony and is pictured above with Alex.

Gala dinner exceeds all expectations

Lisa’s Legacy gala dinner and dance on Saturday September 3rd at the DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel proved to be an amazing evening.

Hosted by former Olympian Roger Black MBE and supported by Denis Bundy, the evening was full of events and star cabaret. Some two hundred and fifty guests attended the evening, with the sporting and entertainment world coming out in force to support Lisa’s Legacy, and many stars donated beautiful items for auction – Sir Elton John donated a framed and signed CD and photo, Kylie Minogue donated a signed CD, Sting gave a signed framed photograph, Federal Mogul donated a box at Manchester United for five for the Arsenal game, Rupert Lowe donated tickets for the directors’ box at St Mary’s, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company gave tickets for Phantom of the Opera… the list went on and on and over fifty items were donated in total.

Following the introduction to the evening by Roger Black which included a DVD called ‘Lisa’s Dream’ (a pictorial tribute to music of Lisa’s journey created by Lisa’s brother Ross), local singer Martin Murphy sang through dinner. This was followed by ‘Kings and Queens’ which raised £1250. Roger Black then gave an impressive speech and showed the film of the 4×4 Olympic relay final in which he won a gold medal. The audience cheered as Chris Akabussi crossed the line to win gold!

Mark Rigler spoke on behalf of locally based company Southern Exhaust Supplies, which is owned by Lisa’s family and who were the main sponsor for the evening. During his speech he announced the appointment of Ross Wilson – Lisa’s brother – as a Director of the company and his new business card was presented to him by his brother Scott.

This was followed by a moving tribute in which Lisa’s auntie Heather dedicated the Bee Gees song ‘Immortality’ to Lisa. Clive Wilson – Lisa’s dad – then introduced Lisa’s Legacy which was a six minute DVD also created by Ross of all the fund raising activity that had brought in some £70,000 to date.

He announced the first target for the charity £100,000 which is 100 years of education in Lisa’s memory. A truly fitting legacy to such a lovely girl whose life had been taken whilst just in her prime. Clive’s wife Tricia joined him on stage to be introduced to the guests and to receive a bouquet of flowers and picture from daughter-in-law Kelly and Ross’s partner Donna.

Thomas Dean of what is now Southampton Solent University Business School (previously Southampton Institute) made a short reply on behalf of the guests.

Star cabaret followed with the wit and musical talent of Steve Womack who had everyone singing along

Next up was the auction full of so many fabulous items, the star prize was four nights in Las Vegas with flights to see Celine Dion in concert in the show New Day. This prize went for over £3000! with an amazing bid by Ian and Teresa Hibberd. In all, the auction just topped £13,000, a truly amazing figure. The silent auction raised another £2000 and then a raffle with a prize on every table raised a further £3000,

The night hadn’t finished yet. Now it was time for five star cabaret from the ‘Drifters’ – they too helped with the fund raising by signing a guitar donated by Steve Etheridge from the round table for £900. With other items they raised £1150 to add to the total.

At about two in the morning the evening finally closed having amassed an amazing total of £24,560 and still climbing.

This was a tremendous tribute to a beautiful girl whose spirit lives on today and continues to help so many others. The first target of 100 years of education is almost complete.

See more photos from this fantastic event in the picture gallery.