Tributes have been paid to an inspirational Southport Mum who loved helping to give young people a good start in life after she died aged 46.
Lisa Tinsley, the former manager of the Make It Workshop Community Interest Company (CIC) in Southport town centre, unfortunately suffered with Muscular Dystrophy since birth.
But she never allowed the condition to dull her passion for living, or for supporting anyone in need of help.
It says much that her loving family are now seeking to donate Lisa’s ‘funky, colourful wheelchairs’ and other disability equipment to charity, and others who may need it.
Lisa grew up in Southport, attended Greenbank High School and lived here all her life. Her first job was at June’s The Florist where she worked for a number of years before starting her own events business.
Her maiden name was Lisa Murray and she was the daughter of her mother, Fred Burrows, who also has Muscular Dystrophy, and her stepdad, Roy Burrows. She was very close to them both.
Lisa’s daughter, Eden Tinsley, said: “My Mum was an amazing person. She was so strong.
“She went through so much emotional pain and didn’t have an easy life whatsoever.
“She was in so much physical pain as well in her last years.
“My Mum was born with Muscular Dystrophy and later on she had autoimmune disease diagnosed as well.
“She dedicated her whole life to helping other people and so many people have come forward and told me she was like a Mum to them. She just wanted to help everyone.
“Mum worked at Make It Workshop in Cambridge Walks in Southport, she was a manager there, and she loved her job there, absolutely loved it.
“She helped so many young people there to get back on their feet. She helped people who were outcasts, who had criminal records, she helped to put their CVs together, taught them a skill, gave them support, gave them references, helped them to get on their feet, helped them to sort out their flat, helped them to get a job etc and she absolutely loved doing that.”
Lisa had lots of other passions too.
Eden said: “My Mum enjoyed doing a lot of creative work. She was so creative, and crafty. She did floristry and stuff like that.
“When my best friend’s Mum died she made a wreath, and her hands weren’t even working because of her arthritis, but she spent all day and night making the wreath for this young girl. It was so sweet.
“It was just so amazing to see all of the work, all of the charity work, me and Mum did. She helped me to become the person I am today.
“We did so many charity events, charity gigs, work in the community, fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy, any help we could, we helped at Alder Hey.
“Even now me and my brother, Oliver, want to make sure that all her funky, colourful wheelchairs get donated to charity or possibly get donated to other people with her condition.
“In the days before Mum passed she wanted me to know that it was her time to go and she was at peace with that.
“She had been in so much pain but she told me that she just absolutely adored her life and that she regretted nothing.
“She just loved living. She loved everything she did. She was happy and she was ready to go.
“I know that my Mum will be missed by so many people. The whole community has been absolutely amazing, really supporting me and my little brother and my little boy.
“They have come together and I can just feel this great community spirit which is what my Mum absolutely lived for. It is amazing. So good.
“My Mum was so good to my little boy, Zeke. I had him at a very young age and she helped to raise him with me. She is such a great example for him and such an amazing role model for me as well I am so proud of her.
“My brother, Oliver, has been competing in strongman competitions. Mum was so supportive of him and his goals to be one of the World’s strongest men. Mum always supported him and pushed him to always follow his dreams.
“If we all can take something from this awful, awful situation it should be that my Mum would have wanted us all to take something positive and that maybe for us all to think positively about the way we live our lives and if we can become better human beings. If we can help other people, if we can do anything to help anyone else.
“It comforts me that that is what we are going to be doing from now on, as family and friends, just helping other people and building other people up.
“Mum came from a huge family full of love. She adored me and my brother and her grandson Zeke. She was an amazing Mum, sister, daughter, Nana and Auntie Lisa to Amber, Daisy and Nyla.
A friend of Lisa’s, Mike Erb, said: “Rest easy Lisa. You didn’t know it but your positivity in the face of adversity was incredibly inspiring to me.”
Family friend Stuart Isenberg said: “I and others have wonderful memories to look back on – Lisa was a lovely, caring and warm-hearted friend of mine and many others and my thoughts are very much with her son, daughter, grandson and other family members.”
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