A Killearn mum who appeared on MasterChef last month is hoping to raise money for a charity in memory of a teenager who died of a rare type of bone cancer.

We’ve already told how Stirling native Lisa Addison wowed the judges on the hit cooking show’s latest series before being eliminated.

Now the 39-year-old hopes to use her exposure on the show to raise much-needed funds in memory of Frank Ashton, a 14-year-old boy from Yorkshire who died of Ewing’s sarcoma.

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare type of cancerous tumor that develops in bones or soft tissues around bones, such as cartilage or nerves.

Frank was diagnosed with the disease aged just 11 in 2016 and the youngster died in September 2019.

His family has since set up a massive fundraising effort, Frank’s Fund, to help research into the disease.

Lisa came across Frank’s tragic story on social media and, having been personally affected by cancer before, decided she wanted to play her part in raising funds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in Frank’s honor .



Tragic Frank Ashton died of Ewing’s sarcoma aged just 14

She raises funds by offering people the chance to win a meal cooked by her.

Lisa told the Stirling Observer: “I came across Frank’s Fund on Instagram by pure accident. This little boy’s face is staring at me so I clicked on the post.

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“Cancer has affected me personally as I lost my grandmother to breast cancer as a child and watched friends as adults struggle with many forms of this terrible disease. It strikes differently when you hear of a child with cancer.

“I contacted Frank’s mother, Louise, and we talked. I told her that I was involved in a project, which I couldn’t go into detail about at the time – it was MasterChef and top secret – but that in a few weeks I might be able to help spread Frank’s story and help raise valuable funds for their valuable charity.

“I was really happy when a few weeks later I was able to tell Louise that it was MasterChef I was involved with and by then my social media had also increased quite significantly.

“MasterChef has turned my life upside down in the biggest way possible, and now I found myself able to help Frank’s Fund and bring it to people’s attention.”

She added: “I decided to give people the chance to win a self-cooked dinner for four or eight pizzas. I gifted pizzas because I’m powered by Ooni – a pizza oven company – and work with them through my food business [email protected]

“The competition has only been running for a week and I’ve already raised £670. I’m absolutely blown away by how kind people are. It’s a win-win situation, a dinner cooked by a MasterChef contestant and we’re telling the story. Frank’s story.

“I am so proud to be a Frank’s Fund Ambassador and truly honored to be able to tell Frank’s story. I wish it wasn’t a story about him losing his fight. But together we can help other children and families.

Ooni has pledged to match the funds Lisa raises for the cause.

To enter the contest to win the meal, go to Lisa’s Facebook page – Lisa at home.

For more information on Frank’s Fund, visit https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/franks-fund