What are Robyn's Rainbows?
“Robyn’s Rainbows” is a charitable initiative run by Live Life Give Life to offer support to very sick or struggling members of the transplant community. Following nominations from the public, LLGL 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 of those in need; to remind them that they are not alone and that sunshine might be just about to break through ... and simply just to bring a smile to their face.
Why are they called Robyn's Rainbows?
The scheme is named after Robyn Tainty, a bright, vivacious young woman who was 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; setting up home 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 two years waiting and hoping, Robyn lost her battle for life in September 2007, aged just 24.
During her last few months Robyn spent a lot of time in hospital, during which LLGL 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 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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How can I order a Robyn’s Rainbow?
If you would like to nominate someone to receive a Rainbow, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reasons you believe your nominee should receive a balloon.