A FUND set up in memory of a young Nomansland woman has topped the £250,000 mark.
Lisa Wilson died in a car crash in Australia in November 2002 and her parents Clive and Trish Wilson set up a scholarship fund in her name to enable other young adults to fulfil their university dreams.
The couple’s daughter was a former student at Southampton Solent University and she graduated in 2001 with a BA 2.1 in business management.
Tragedy struck 12 months later.
“Her reward to herself was a trip around the world and it was sadly on that trip whilst travelling to Ayres Rock that she died in a car crash, said her father Clive.
Over 70 students have benefitted from the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund so far and in the latest fundraiser – a charity golf day at East Wellow – more than £8,000 was banked taking the total past the £250,000 mark.
More than 130 players took part in the event – the twelfth, since Lisa died aged 23 and the charity named after her, has the support of Elton John and Celine Dion and other celebrities.
Thanking people for supporting the charity, Clive added: “Each £1,000 represents a year in a student’s life and this has now become Lisa’s legacy which is now 250 years of education, a truly fitting legacy to a lovely young woman who was living her dream.”
Northampton-born Lisa moved to the New Forest in 1985 with her parents and two older brothers Scott and Ross. Her dad then worked for Draper Tools at Chandler’s Ford.
Later the family moved back to Northampton and returned to Hampshire in 1991 where they set up home in Romsey. They moved to Nomansland about 20 years ago. Lisa’s brothers work at SES Autoparts which their parents started 23 years ago.
Lisa worked at Wellow Golf Club when she was 15 and played golf there too.
Later she worked at Nationwide and save enough money to take a trip around the world which included the USA, New Zealand and Australia, where the fatal accident happened.
“She did a free fall parachute jump and the biggest bungee jump in the world. Lisa was a fun-loving girl, adventurous with a wicked sense of humour and one who loved to dance,” concluded Clive.