On the 5th May 2012, Jenny Rayner and her family were tragically faced with the impact of mental illness, when their daughter Lucy took her own life aged just 22.
This life changing event inspired Jenny and her family to begin campaigning about the mental health challenges faced by young adults, and they quickly found that the support and help available to recognise and treat young adults with mental health challenges is woefully inadequate and significantly underfunded.
Jenny also discovered that her passion and tenacity to address these issues are shared by many others, and that her strong business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and over 30 years’ experience in marketing, media and event management positioned her perfectly to make an impact in raising awareness of this critical problem.
Making a Difference
As a result, Jenny, together with her husband Stuart and daughters Emma and Rebecca, established The Lucy Rayner Foundation in 2012. The foundation has since become a big voice making big strides in the local community and nationwide, including collaborating with other national charities with shared objectives including MIND, Samaritans, Cruise and the YMCA.
What we do
Currently the Foundation:
- Offers a number of different support services for people with mental health challenges
- Are actively involved in a number of projects to help raise awareness
- Runs a series of successful fundraising events to support their efforts
Whilst recognising that mental health challenges and the associated stigma are huge issues which takes 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 as a nation we correctly recognise and diagnose these issues in early adulthood, then we can help support and empower individuals to get the help which 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
To find out a little bit more, why not have a look at our Meet the Team page…