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Coronavirus Kent: The rainbow warriors have been out in Sittingbourne, Sheppey, Medway, Canterbury and Gravesham

There has been a flood of rainbows trying to brighten up our lives in these dark days of the coronavirus.

And these two youngsters, Ellis Pearce, 12, and his nine-year-old sister Shayley, are leading the way on the Isle of Sheppey.

Colourful: Ellis Pearce, 12, and sister Shayley, 9, and their rainbow paintings in Minster, Sheppey
Colourful: Ellis Pearce, 12, and sister Shayley, 9, and their rainbow paintings in Minster, Sheppey

The pair have drawn four and blazoned them with expert advice such as 'stay positive', 'we will get through this' and 'stay in, save lives.'

They have proved such a hit with neighbours in Prince Charles Avenue, Minster, that the couple have been commissioned to paint another 39.

Proud mum Krystal said: "Most of the requests have come from neighbours who don't have young relatives."

Ellis is a pupil at the Oasis Academy at Minster and Shayley goes to the All Saints' site of Eastchurch Church of England Primary School where she drew hers on the last day before the school shut down.

Krystal said: "The rainbows are to support the NHS staff on the frontline and to spread good words and positive vibes. Hopefully, we can encourage other Islanders to get their children to do the same and display their rainbows at the front of their homes."

Other rainbows have also been appearing around the Island, there is a 'Sheppey - Creating Rainbows' Facebook page - and in other parts of Kent.

Ella Whitehead, six, who goes to Halfway Houses Primary School, has helped her mum Leanda decorate both bay windows at the front of their home in Minster Road near the Oasis Academy.

Someone in Gravesham left a rainbow for the bin men to say thank-you.

Sofia-Louise Cass, of London Road, Sittingbourne, hard at work on her rainbow (32652060)
Sofia-Louise Cass, of London Road, Sittingbourne, hard at work on her rainbow (32652060)

A collection team found a colourful picture attached to a wheelie bin with the note "Dear rubbish collectors, thank you for doing a gr8 job."

A spokesman for the council said: "Our refuse collectors would like to thank everyone for all the support our residents have been giving them in these difficult days. Lots of people have been leaving thank-you messages on bins for them. "It’s really appreciated."

A rainbow left for the bin men in Gravesham
A rainbow left for the bin men in Gravesham

Trudy Martin of Coombe Drive, Sittingbourne said: "There’s a lot of children and adults drawing and painting rainbows to give hope and lift people’s spirit.

"I painted one on my window so when our niece walks round the block with her mummy she sees it and cheers her up. She looks for others on her walk.

Harrison, 7, from St Mary’s Island, Chatham, made this heart rainbow tribute for the NHS to show his support and thanks. Picture: Mum Serena Tadd
Harrison, 7, from St Mary’s Island, Chatham, made this heart rainbow tribute for the NHS to show his support and thanks. Picture: Mum Serena Tadd

"She waves at the window because she knows I have painted it for her because we can’t have cuddles. The whole Vincent Park estate is taking part."

All three of Jade Crayden's children have also been drawing rainbows for essential workers at their home in Sittingbourne.

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