Lisa Staniford

10th December 1981 – 14th November 2014

lisafamilyIn 2013 I was accosted by my daughter Mairead Cheeseman and her friend Lisa Staniford to help them buy a small soft play group called Little Scamps, to help keep this fantastic little playgroup alive in Godalming, which I did. We later changed the name to Little Rays and started running mother, baby and toddler sessions at The Scout hut. Lisa and Mairead both had young children so I helped out at the sessions, during this time Lisa was unwell.

She was sadly diagnosed with an aggressive Breast Cancer, which had spread to her spine and liver, as diagnosis was to slow. So I stepped in to cover for her, during her treatment. Lisa popped in to see us at soft play when she wasn’t at the hospital or at home, she never complained, she just got on with raising her 3 children Emiley, Bradley and Rosie, as well as running and organising many fund raising events for Cancer research and MacMillan, as well as starting a petition and campaigning for a reduction in age for Breast Screening, something she had been refused as she was so young. She talked frankly about her condition but never once excepting it. Appearing on Eagle Radio, asking people to sign her petition, which thousands did.

Lisa put up a tremendous fight for herself, husband, children, her family and friends, but it was sadly lost on 14th November 2014. Her funeral had to be moved from her local church in Busbridge to Godalming to accommodate all the people who wanted to say there goodbyes and thank her for all she had done for them and her community, she started Busy Bees play group for mothers and babies at Aaron’s Hill, she encouraged everyone she met to come along for a cup of tea and a chat, and could Lisa chat! Everybody misses her bubbly kind personality, along with the biggest smile that will never fade. Little Rays has grown and gone from strength to strength, with Lisa and her family in our thoughts at every stage as we develop as she would have wanted us to, to help secure her children’s future.

Lisa, we miss you everyday, but see you in your children. Little Rays will always be a legacy to you. Thank you for seeing a vision, and all of us at Little Rays will make sure it stays the best it can be.

Love from the Team at Little Rays

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