26 June 1970 – 22 Sept 2013
Centre 404 would like to pay tribute to Victoria Willson, beloved daughter of Jean and Norman and sister of Tara.
Centre 404 is proud to have been able to support Victoria to live an independent life with her housemate Lisa since 2000.
Victoria passed away peacefully on Sunday 22nd September in her own home surrounded by family and friends. She successfully fought back many crises during her life. In the last two years she got progressively weaker as her kidneys were failing. This time she lost her fight.
Over the years Jean and Victoria Willson have launched many campaigns such as ‘Save a Baby’ Treat me Right’, ‘Death by Indifference’ Stand by Me’ and ‘Changing Places’ that have contributed to improving the lives of people with multiple and complex needs.
Victoria, as the pioneer and innovator from a very early age, became the face for people with high support needs, and opened up the learning disabilities community to their identity, needs and wishes in her own unique way. She showed the world, despite her huge needs, that she could and did live safely, happily and independently in her own home.
Victoria was chosen by Mencap in 2011 as one of the top twenty people with a learning disability who have made a huge difference in society.
The family have asked that instead of sending flowers that if you wish to, you may like to make a donation to Centre 404/Victoria’s Living Legacy. Contact us on 020 7607 8762 for more information on ways to make a donation or click here to make a donation online (please click Give Now and then Donate, please type Victoria's Living Legacy into the donation comment box.) Thank you.