A WOMAN passed away just hours after being told that an event held in her honour had raised £10,000 to help others with cancer.
Lisa Morrison (34), from Balfron, who had been battling cervical cancer for 18 months, was thrilled when her close friend Elizabeth Emmerson decided to organise a ball at the Winnock Hotel in Drymen in February.
She got their pal Gary Hollywood from BBC comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys to go along on the night dressed as his hairdresser character Dino Doyle to cut Lisa’s pal Jo Lyons’ hair for cash.
Tragically, Lisa died just after being told how well the night had gone.
Elizabeth said: “Lisa was very ill two weeks before the event and she was rushed into hospital but she still kept saying she was coming to her night. Gary and I visited her a couple of times before it and she was so looking forward to it, unfortunately she was too unwell to make it along but gave me strict instructions which I carried out to the best of my ability.
“The night was amazing, even though it was emotional. Gary and I visited Lisa the following day (Sunday) and told her all about the night, I am sure she was holding on to hear this as only a few hours later she slipped away to sleep.
“I know that she will have fallen asleep with some lovely memories and funny stories so she will always keep smiling.
“Lisa was my lovely friend and my inspiration for this event. I am sure everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will agree that she was one of the strongest and most amazing ladies you could ever meet - to know her is to love her.
“Throughout the last year and a half she has overcome many struggles with the constant support of her friends, family and of course, The Maggies Centre. Lisa’s sense of humour has never failed and her smile never goes unnoticed.
“I think it’s fair to say that we should all forget our worries or complaints for a few moments and reflect on just how much we take for granted. Lisa will be very sadly missed - she will always be remembered as a beautiful person with a beautiful smile.”
Her parents, Tina and John, said: “Lisa was truly inspirational, unique and special, no matter what hurdles she had put in front of her she always had a smile, for everything. The last few weeks especially showed us just how much she was loved not only by her family but her friends and community also.
“She will be very very much missed and was not only a daughter to us but our best friend in the world.”
Her brother Scott added: “She was so special to me and I will miss her so much and not seeing her lovely smile, she was one in a million.”
The Big Shindig is now going to be held annually in memory of Lisa. Next year’s event will be on February 16 and it is already nearly sold out, for more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Just giving page is - http://www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Emmerson0/new/2
You can also text LILI99£ (followed by the amount) to 70070
All the money raised will go to The Maggies Centre, Gartnavel, to thank them for all their support to Lisa and her family.
A SPECIAL LADY . . . Jo Lyons (left) with Lisa Morrison who tragically died recently. (Ref: Mc20257a)