Heartbroken mum loses her son and husband weeks apart in horrific tragedies

A heartbroken mum has recalled the devastation of losing her son and husband just weeks apart.

Lisa Wilson overheard someone say: "Is he still breathing?" in a chilling phone call after Tom, 22, was hit in the back of the head with a hockey stick in a tragic accident.

Medics were unable to save the university graduate, who had suffered a brain haemorrhage and went into cardiac arrest at at Havering Hockey Club.

Essex Live reports Lisa's wife and Tom's dad Graham died at just 56 eight weeks later after contracting sepsis . He had suffered a brain tumour.

Lisa, who was married to Graham for 23 years, was grateful of the support of her daughter Pippa.

"Some of Graham’s last words to me were 'Lis, try and keep Tom's memory alive'," mum-of-two Lisa, of Hornchurch, east London, said.

"Pippa was my rock through all of this. I feel very sorry for all the sadness she has had.

"Pippa managed to travel down from Birmingham University and got there before he passed away.

"We just sat for an hour and a half, then we went into auto pilot. We knew what we would be faced with and we knew we had to give him the best send off."

Since Tom's death in December 2015, Lisa and Pippa agreed for his tissue and organs to be donated, which has helped save the lives of 50 people.

And Lisa retired as a PE teacher in March this year and became a London ambassador for organ donation.

She's met two of the people who received Tom's organs.

She said: "Rafa was a two and a half year old girl, who was very poorly. She had Tom's liver and she is now six and has just started school.

"A man called Gordon from Newcastle had Tom's heart.

"I can understand why people might be worried about the operation and the distress it would cause but they treat the body with so much care and respect.

"I would like to go into schools and talk to children about donation."

Lisa set up the Tom Wilson memorial fund to promote organ donation after Tom's death, which has since raised around £50,000.

This year, ten of Tom's friends from Havering Hockey Club including Tom’s sister Pippa teamed up to form the Wilson 10.

They took on 10 fundraising runs in memory of Tom and Graham, completing the Liverpool Marathon as their last challenge, and have raised over £14,000.

Lisa and Pippa then travelled to Newport in South Wales   for the Opening Ceremony of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.

The aim of the Games – organised on behalf of charity, Transplant Sport, is to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

But recalling Tom's death, the retired teacher said: "His team mates did CPR on him and that played a key part to play in his organs being able to be used.

"I was just so stunned at how Tom was so handsome in life and angelic in his death.

"Knowing that from Tom’s ending comes someone else’s beginning is what keeps me going.

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