Our Story – Lucy Rayner
On the 5th of May 2012, Jenny Rayner and her family were tragically faced with the impact of mental illness when their daughter Lucy took her own life at the age of 22.
This life-changing event inspired Jenny and her family to begin campaigning about the mental health challenges faced by many young adults. the family quickly found that the support and help available to recognise and treat young adults with mental health challenges was woefully inadequate and significantly underfunded.
Jenny also discovered that her passion and tenacity to address these issues was shared by many others. Using her strong business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and over 30 years of experience in marketing, media and event management, Jenny found herself perfectly positioned to make an impact in raising awareness of this critical problem.
Currently, The Lucy Rayner Foundation:
Whilst recognising that mental health challenges and the associated stigma are huge issues which take no account of age, race or personal situation, the plight of young adults is Jenny’s key driver.
She understands, as do many of the major organisations involved, that if we correctly recognise and diagnose these issues in early adulthood, we can help support and empower individuals to get the help they so desperately need.
In recognition of the work she has done, Jenny Rayner has received:
British Citizens Award for Service to the Community – 2016
Regional Finalist for Pride of Britain Award – 2016
British Citizens Award – Certificate of Merit – 2016
Mayor’s Annual Volunteers Award – 2019
Making A Difference
Jenny, together with her husband Stuart and daughters Emma and Rebecca, established The Lucy Rayner Foundation in 2012. The foundation has since become a recognisable voice making big strides in the local community and nationwide, collaborating with other national charities with shared objectives.
To find out a little bit more, why not have a look at our Meet the Team page…