World Record Attempt

A record attempt by Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to create the world’s biggest Rainbow has taken place at the Manheim premises on the Bruntingthorpe site.

Last year, Rainbows asked people in AREA to take part in its 20th birthday celebrations by helping to smash a world record by sharing a photo selfie online or by writing a birthday message on a special coloured postcard.

On Friday 17th April 2015, more than 40,000 brightly coloured postcards were laid down by volunteers in the shape of a rainbow.

The finished project measured a massive 30 metres by 20 metres, making a total area of over 630m². The current record 453.37m² and was created by students from The Camford International School in India.

Comedian and author David Walliams launched the campaign in July. He said: “There has been such an amazing response to this campaign and it is brilliant that so many people united with Rainbows in its 20th birthday year. As a Patron, the hospice is a special place to me and I am very passionate about the work carried out by the charity and its incredible team of people, so I thank everyone for their support in contributing to the world’s biggest rainbow and I hope we crack the world record.”

Over the last few months, the charity was inundated with positive messages and fun photos. Over 2,000 selfies, including those from celebrities such as David Cameron, Miranda and David Walliams were placed over the mosaic after completion. The postcards, made available for purchase through the Rainbows shops, and were also sent out to supporters who were encouraged to send birthday greetings back.

Patricia Brookes, director of fundraising at Rainbows, said: “We were delighted with the response that the initial campaign had, it really helped to raise awareness for us, this final step will help to show our supporters just how important they are to us and what a huge difference they make. Wish us luck.”

Juice Creative, based in Leicester, has been involved from the very start of the campaign, donating all of its design and project management time in addition to printing, materials and filming for the campaign including this record attempt.

Nick Taylor, director of Juice said “We’re so proud to be involved with Rainbows and we can’t wait to get stuck into this record attempt.  We really hope it will raise even more awareness of their amazing work.”

Manheim Online has donated use of its hangar at Bruntingthorpe for two days including the day of the attempt itself and will also be providing volunteers for the build team.

Dave Parry from Manheim added: “We were so pleased to get involved with this initiative. After seeing the great work that Rainbows can offer both children’s and their families during difficult times we were really happy to help raise awareness of all the support that they can offer.”

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For more information about Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, contact Nishil Saujani on 01509 638024 / 07506 738895 or email nishil.saujani@rainbows.co.uk

About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice covers the whole of the East Midlands providing care and support for the region’s children and young people who need it the most.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura’s favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Rainbows opened its doors in 1994. Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, thousands children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years. In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People supports families from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and north Northamptonshire.