The Lisa May Foundation
Who we are
Helping people in Surrey Heath and across the globe. The Lisa May Foundation supports selected local charities in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, at the same time raising funds for victims of natural disaster across the world.
The charity was founded after Surrey Heath Councillor John May lost his daughter Lisa to the tsunami that devastated Thailand on Boxing Day 2004.
Surrey Heath Councillor and successful businessman John May raised his five adored children to live life to the full. When one of his daughters announced her intention to marry in Thailand, John and his youngest daughter Lisa accompanied her to celebrate the special event. After the wedding, Lisa decided to extend her stay on the island of Phi Phi and, tragically, became one of the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the tsunami that devastated Thailand on Boxing Day 2004.
In response to their sense of deep personal loss, the May family decided to celebrate Lisa’s memory by forming the Lisa May Foundation, to raise money to help victims of natural disasters.
The May family motto is Fortitudo, Amicitia et Famila which translated means, Courage, Friendship and Family.
In 2010, as Mayor of Surrey Heath, John saw that local charities had a huge need for support and decided to re-launch the Foundation as an umbrella organisation helping specific local charities, as well as continuing to raise funds for victims of natural disaster.
Our current chaosen charities are, Surrey Young Carers, The Prostate Project and Parity fof Disability.