Why rainbows have appeared in hundreds of windows across Bristol

Over the past few weeks hundreds of pictures of rainbows have appeared in windows across Bristol.

Particularly in residential areas it’s hard not to see a colourful picture no matter where you look.

Some of the rainbows are small in size and others are large, while some are accompanied by messages of thanks and support for frontline workers, including NHS staff.

If you have found yourself wondering why so many rainbows have suddenly appeared in the windows of houses, schools and other buildings across Bristol, you’re not alone.

The rainbows have been made to cheer up people up who walk past them and to say thanks to frontline workers, and it would be fair to say they have had the desired effect for many.

A rainbow in a window on Greenmore Road in Knowle (Image: jon Kent/Bristol Live)

The vast majority of them have been created by children, who are being temporarily home schooled after the government closed schools on March 20 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The rainbow trend started in Italy and quickly spread across the country, with many of them accompanied by the slogan “andra tutto benne”, which translates as “everything will be alright” in English.

After proving a hit there the uplifting campaign has been seen in the United States, Canada, Spain and now the UK, as the virus has spread across the world.

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Patrick Browne, head of supporter engagement at Above & Beyond, a charity which supports Bristol’s city centre hospitals, said: “We’ve seen such a huge outpouring of support from the community in Bristol in support of the NHS working so hard at this challenging time.

“The rainbow drawings and paintings in windows are a great way to not only cheer up people in isolation, but show your support for key workers, including hospital staff.

“Anyone looking for other ways to support staff at Bristol city centre hospitals can visit the Above & Beyond website.”

A rainbow picture in the window at Bristol Grammar School (Image: Mark Taylor)

A Facebook group called Chase the Rainbow has also been created in which people can share their colourful creations with others.

Group admin Hayley Woodhouse told Bristol Live: “I have always loved rainbows and they always bring a smile to my face, so I thought I would set up a group so the world could get involved and spread a smile across the faces of others.

“I have seen a number of rainbows in neighbouring windows and while I have taken my dogs for a walk and they have automatically put a smile on my face.

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“I hope that by doing this, it brings hope and a smile to all the key workers who work extremely hard to save lives, stock shelves, deliver food, medicine and general post.

“We are extremely thankful to each and every single person who is working the frontline.”

How to get involved

Bristol Live and The Bristol Post would like to publish photos of you and your rainbow pictures, preferably with you in the windows with them or outside stood next to them.

Please send your images in jpg format to pictures@bepp.co.uk.

At Bristol Live and across the entire Reach network, we’ll be shining a light on the incredible work done by NHS staff, and the lovely gestures of kindness from the public that are helping to ease the load over the coming months.

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