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Knowsley's Rainbow of Hope

Knowsley’s rainbow of hope

by Gemma Melling

During recent weeks the rainbow has become a key symbol of hope across the country as we all come together to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Thousands of children, at home after their schools closed, have been creating their own rainbows and displaying them in the windows of their homes. Across Knowsley there are already hundreds of rainbows proudly on display – passers-by can see them a symbol of positivity and what’s more, families taking daily exercise can have fun seeing how many they can spot in their neighbourhood.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods said: “Despite being socially distanced from one another it’s wonderful to see how this has caught on in our communities.

“It’s really nice for people to be able to spot the rainbows in neighbours’ windows but it’s also lovely for the children and young people creating these, to see their school friends sharing photos online too. In such a worrying time it is a little boost of positivity and a shared interest, which both young and old can really appreciate.

“Thanks to everyone who has played their part in bringing a little light into our neighbourhoods at a time like this!”

Download your Knowsley Rainbow of Hope colouring sheet

Knowsley Council know that staying inside can be challenging, particularly with children, so want to do its bit to provide residents with a downloadable rainbow colouring sheet.

Cllr Powell added: “We know that not everyone has a printer, so perhaps those that do can print off one for their neighbour and post it through their door. Small acts of kindness during this time can mean a great deal.”

Once you, your child/children or family have a completed your rainbow please remember to display it in your window and share your pictures on social media for all to see. Please tag @KnowsleyCouncil on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #stayathome #protectthenhs #savelives.