Parents' tribute to 'wonderful' Rachel RaynerBy Hugh Fort
May 24, 2012
The parents of Rachel Rayner have paid tribute to their ‘courageous’ daughter after last week’s inquest.
Adrian Rayner said: “We felt we had to bring certain issues to light; we could not ignore them.
“Firstly it would have been a betrayal of [Rachel]to remain silent, and secondly it was to be hoped that lessons could be learned that might assist other sufferers.
“My wife and I could not be more proud of Rachel, who was multi-talented and beautiful. In spite of her crippling illness, she had won several offers to read history of art at university.
“She was… intellectually and socially gifted but her illness rendered her incapable of seeing this in herself, and she suffered terribly with what appeared to be the slightest of emotional setbacks.
“More than 300 people battled through two feet of snow to attend her funeral in December 2010, and her contemporaries were queuing up to deliver eulogies…
“No one in the coroner’s court can begin to comprehend the enormity of the loss and devastation we feel as a result of the futile and horribly premature death of such a loving, wonderful daughter.”