Parents' tribute to daughter who died after taking an overdose

Parents' tribute to daughter who died after taking an overdose

Daniel Darlington

Parents' tribute to daughter who died after taking an overdose

Proud parents have spoken of their love for a ‘beautiful and talented’ daughter after an inquest was held into her death from an overdose.

Rachel Rayner, 19, who was studying at Bradfield College and preparing to go to university, suffered from borderline personality disorder and passed away in the early hours of December 8, 2010, after taking some of her father’s medication.

The Wargrave teenager's family spoke for the first time this week of their heartache and loss following a two-day inquest into their daughter’s death at the Windsor Guildhall on Wednesday last week and Thursday.

Rachel’s father Adrian said he hoped lessons would be learned from her death to assist other sufferers.

"My wife and I could not be more proud of Rachel, who was multi-talented and beautiful," said Adrian, whose family lives in Ashley Hill Place.

"She was highly able and 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.”

Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford recorded a narrative verdict. He said Rachel deliberately took her father’s medication but said there was no evidence to say what her intentions were and her illness made her prone to ‘impulsive behaviour’.

The family says their daughter was let down by the care and support provided by the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Mental Health Team, part of the Berkshire Health Foundation Trust, who looked after Rachel before she died.

Mr Bedford refuted suggestions the trust was in any way to blame for her death.

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