Tributes have poured in for ‘selfless’ mum-of-two Lisa Gardiner, 44, who tragically died in a three-vehicle crash in August – a fundraiser has now been launched to help her heartbroken sons
Image: Lucas Gardiner)
A mum who tragically died in a horror three-vehicle crash has been remembered as a “selfless” person who taught her sons “all about being a good person”.
Lisa Gardiner, 44, was one of four people who died following the collision between a minibus, a lorry and a car on the M25 on August 23.
The mum, from Walthamstow, was taken to hospital with severe brain damage but she died five days later on August 27.
Ms Gardiner leaves behind her two “heartbroken” sons, Lucas, 21 and Jude, 16.
Police have arrested the lorry driver involved in the crash on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, MyLondon reports.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs and pay tribute to the “selfless” stay-at-home mum who taught her children to be “caring towards others”.
“I was with her when they pronounced her dead,” Lucas said.
“She was a very selfless person, she taught me a lot about just being caring towards others.
“Money wasn’t important to her, it was all about being a good person.
“That’s how I’m trying to live my life now a bit more, trying to be a better person to people rather than making money and owning a house and all that.
“It’s changed the way I look at the world a bit.”
Lucas prayed for his mother to recover after he said doctors gave him hope there was a small chance she could survive the crash.
The 21-year-old said: “When my mum was in hospital the doctors said there is that tiny percentage of a chance that she could survive.
“I’m not a religious man but my mum – she’s not religious but she ‘had faith’ is what she used to say.
“I was praying a lot, I was doing a lot of praying and that was keeping me strong.
“Knowing that there was a small chance she could pull through, but once they said she had passed it broke my heart”.
Since the loss of his mother, Lucas has focused on the sport that she “always” supported him with since he was three years old.
“It helps me. It takes my mind off things. It’s like that’s a way of connecting with her still I suppose.”
Lucas said his younger brother, Jude, 16, is focusing on his passion for boxing to deal with the pain of their loss.
The skateboarder said: “It’s the same way I skate and my mum was very supportive of that, so he’s been boxing a lot more now.”
As part of a skateboarders’ community, Lucas has met other fellow skaters who he now calls family, as well as one he considers a brother.
Aaron, known as Aggro Skates, set up a GoFundMe page for the bereaved family after only having physically met Lucas days before his mother’s passing.
The pair had spoken on social media about their passion for skateboarding for roughly a year, and eventually met face-to-face at a skatepark.
Lucas said: “He [Aaron] followed me for a few years or whatever, and he just popped up to me one day and said come up to Kettering and have a little skate with us.
“That’s what skateboarding is, it’s a whole family, you have that connection and you’re instantly friends almost.”
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Lucas feels grateful for the donations given by strangers and hopes that when police paperwork is completed, he can give his mother a fitting funeral.
“I feel loved by strangers because a lot of people that donated money, I’ve not met them,” he said.
“I only ever met them once, or saw them at the skate park but don’t really talk to them so to have these people donate is just unreal, it’s a beautiful thing.
“[My mum] was selfless, now everyone is being selfless for her”.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page by clicking here.