Children stick rainbow drawings in their windows to boost morale during coronavirus crisis

Sunday 22nd March 2020 16:45 GMT

The youngsters have been asked to colour in templates of rainbows or draw their own and display them by their schools.

The rainbows are then used as a tool to entertain children as they go on their daily walks with their parents.

The movement has been dubbed "The Rainbow Trail".

Donna Corcoran, 40, from Coventry, praised the movement and said it was a real highlight for her sons, seven-year-old Rourke, six-year-old Quinn and two-year-old daughter, Pearl.

She told Sky News: "It started with one of the reception teachers at my kid's school. She sent home a template with every child in our school so all them have been playing rainbow I-Spy with their parents on their walks.

"There's 450 children in our school. I know from our class WhatsApp groups everyone's been trying to get involved and I think it's been quite a popular incentive."

She added: "I think it's really cute. Anything that we can do to make the children still be in touch with their classmates and anything that we can do to show them is really important.

"We show them the Twitter feed and then our PTA page for our school and also point them out on their walks."

Deputy City Mayor for Leicester, Adam Clarke, has also placed two rainbows in his front window for the children in his ward.

They were created by his daughters Amelie, 17, and Isobel, 11.

He said: "I first became aware of it after a parent posted about it on social media. I thought it was a fantastic idea to spread rainbows rather than the virus, and spread a little happiness in our community.

"Wellbeing is important at all times but I think at the moment we really have to look out for one another's wellbeing. A city like Leicester is really good at pulling together and we're really good at looking out for each other in normal times, so now we're trying to look for ways to keep ourselves positive, recognise the messages from the right authorities and stick to them."

The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen further as Boris Johnson urged people not to visit family on Mother's Day, and for those at highest risk to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said people need to realise it "isn't a game", after reports of crowds flocking to seaside resorts at the weekend.

He told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: "It is very serious.

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"People need to follow that (medical) advice. If people don't follow that advice then clearly we'll have to consider other options, but none of us want to go down that route."

Mr Jenrick said people can still go out for walks and take exercise, but they should stay away from others.

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