Lou Walsh, a.k.a. Louise Walsh, BLR founder from Lymington dies after a battle with brain haemorrhage

Lou Walsh, BLR founder from Lymington died
Lou Walsh, BLR founder from Lymington died (Source: Walsh Facebook)


Lou Walsh, a.k.a. Louise Walsh, BLR founder from Lymington passed away. She freely and voluntarily provided a tonne of driving professionals with guidance, advice, and guidance. She was a true humanitarian and a hidden treasure who will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Her death has left everyone within the community, her family and friends, in a state of absolute devastation as they mourn the death of the late Lou Walsh.

Lou Walsh, you’ll be missed but the legacy will continue. Here’s what we know about her and Lou Walsh’s cause of death.

Lou Walsh passed away: What happened to her?

Louise Walsh, BLR founder from Lymington passed away after a battle with brain haemorrhage surrounded by her lovable family.

She will be missed by so many as she was a beacon of light bringing so many people together, helping them, and supporting them in so many ways. Our thoughts go out to Blaine Walsh and the family during these difficult times.

Louise’s partner Blaine Walsh confirmed the demise news of his beloved wife by posting the following message,

It’s with great sadness that I have to tell you that Lou Walsh’s mother, wife, and friend passed away this morning after a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday evening. I hope you understand that there will be silence from me for a few days.

Cause of death

We must convey the tragic news that Lou Walsh passed away after suffering a fatal brain hemorrhage. A lady who has done so much for others and our industry taken far too early.

She will be forever known as a fantastic Mentor of driving instructors around the UK, The Green Badger group leader, and organizer of the Great British Relay for children in need.

Lou’s legacy will absolutely live on, Many people will keep her memory alive and hold her invaluable advice and support within them forever. 

Quick bio about Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh, from Hampshire, is the founder of ‘The Big Learner Relay’, which has raised over £250,000 for ‘Children in Need’ since 2014.

She has had a profound impact on countless people’s lives and is accountable for amazing achievements both within and outside the driving instructor sector.

Lou Walsh has done so much with The Big Learner Relay for Children. All going to miss an inspirational personality. (Image via Points of Light)


For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting Lou, she was the smallest of the ADIs and a giant whose puzzled expressions never revealed the thoughts concealed behind them.

She was the driving force behind the Big Learner Relay, which brought ADIs and PDIs from all over the nation together while raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Big Learner Relay

Louise was the driving force behind The Big Learner Relay and raised hundreds of thousands for Children in Need. The Big Learner Relay is an annual event involving 100 Driving Instructors and pupils raising money for BBC Children in Need.

The Big Learner Relay began in 2014 by Louise Walsh, a driving instructor from Lymington. Following a 2013 viewing of the program and inspiration for fresh approaches to charity fundraising, Louise enlisted other driving instructors for an international relay.

Over 130 lead instructors from all over the UK participate in Louise’s 15-day coordination of the 3,000-mile route, which includes hundreds of other participants and sponsorship cars with “Children in Need” stickers.

The annual relay at Knowsley Safari Park in Liverpool, which has raised a total of £250,000 in support of “Children in Need,” will end on this day this year.

In a personal letter to Louise, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By founding ‘The Big Learner Relay’ as part of ‘Children in Need’, you have not only raised £250,000 in vital support for disadvantaged children, but also created a vibrant community of volunteers. You should feel an extraordinary sense of achievement in coordinating a relay that covers over 3,000 miles in 15 days and for bringing together people from all corners of the UK for an entertaining annual fundraising event.”

Louise said:

“This award is accepted on behalf of all the wonderful Driving Instructors and pupils who had enough belief that my little idea four years ago was, quite literally, worth following. The Driving Instructor Industry is proud to have raised £320,000 for ‘Children in Need’ so far. Whilst bringing together instructors from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales for an event that not only supports such a worthy cause but also unites instructors in camaraderie, friendship, and mutual support in what can be an isolating industry. Being able to facilitate the ‘Big Learner Relay’ to make all of this possible is a privilege and an honor.”

Community remembers Lou Walsh:

People have been sharing their memories and paying tribute to Walsh, which reflects how much of an impact she had on them and the kind of person she was.

Cheryl Plume wrote,

Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear this. Lou was a dedicated and inspirational woman. Devastated to hear this absolutely heartbroken for you and your family. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this awful time. 💔 love and prayers to you all xxx

Hell Jardine-Adams wrote,

Totally devastated to hear this Blaine…may you find the strength to continue the path we’re on together…sending love and positive vibes ur way…🤗💜🤗

Sharon Williams wrote,

Oh my gosh… I’m absolutely gobsmacked. Lou’s legacy will live on. Sending love out to each and every one of you that’s touched by this. ❤️

Rachel Hicks wrote,

Oh my goodness… This is such heartbreaking sad news. Shedding tears for a beautiful lady. Lou was a leader, a good friend, a colleague, and a brilliant instructor. Sending lots of love and sincere condolences to Blaine, Amy and all the family. R.I.P Lou beautiful lady. 😪

Steph Poolton-Price wrote,

Oh my gosh! Sending all my thoughts to her family and friends at this shocking time. I never had the privilege of meeting Lou but I saw her great work and followed her journey and enthusiasm for the job and other instructors. She’ll leave a hole in the industry ❤️🚗

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lou Walsh’s family and the entire community during this difficult time. Please feel free to send condolences and prayers to her family and friends.


Steve Jax Jackson, Owner and CEO of Jax Nutrition passed away unexpectedly

Chanell Lanette, a.k.a. Blasian Cee, Houston Mambas player died by suicide after mental health battle

Follow us on Twitter to get the latest news.

Leave a Comment