Who was Robyn Tainty?
Robyn was a bright vivacious young woman who happened to be born with the genetic lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Despite a lifetime of poor health and intensive treatment, Robyn never let her illness get in the way of living her life; moving in with her boyfriend, studying for a Masters degree and adding joy and laughter to all those around her. In 2005 Robyn was told her lung damage was so severe that a double lung transplant was her only hope of survival. Robyn remained optimistic, fought hard to raise awareness, and had plenty of hopes and dreams for her future after a transplant. After more than 2 years waiting and hoping, Robyn lost her battle for life in September 2007, aged just 24.
What is Robyn's Rainbows?
Robyn’s Rainbows is a charitable initiative run by Live Life Then Give Life to offer support to very sick or struggling members of the transplant community. Following nominations from the public, Live Life Then Give Life sends struggling members of the transplant community a small beacon of hope in the form of a balloon, to let them know they are being thought of. The aim is to create a rainbow on the darkest days for those in need; to remind them that they are not alone and that sunshine might be just about to break through...even just to bring a smile to their face.
Why is it called Robyn's Rainbows?
During her last few months Robyn spent a lot of time in hospital, during which Live Life Then Give Life sent her a balloon to make her smile. One of her best friends Matt commented later: “I don't know if Robyn ever told you, but she loved the balloon that you guys sent! It was sitting very proudly next to her bed, from the day she got it, right till the end.”
How can you help?
It's simple. By raising money and raising awareness! Just £13 will allow us send a Robyn's Rainbow to someone in need. We want to be able to support as many people as possible and to keep them smiling whilst they fight and hope, waiting for the call that if it comes, will change their life. Robyn’s Rainbows is dedicated to Robyn and the rainbows she brought into other people’s lives...just by being there.
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“It was so very kind of you, I did cry a little when I opened it. Thank you again, it means a lot.”
“Thank you so so much for the lovely surprise. I came home depressed ‘cause it has been a bad week for me and it really did make my day and put a smile on my face and tears to my eyes.”
“He was SO happy. It really put a big grin on a very sad and fed up face. Thank-you to all at LLTGL and to all Robyn's family and friends and everyone who has donated.”
“Of course I knew what they were but the girls didn’t. The whole time I was telling them that I thought whoever had sent them had forgotten to put something in because they were so light. You should have seen their faces when the balloons popped up!”