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Family turn their home into a rainbow to lift spirits during lockdown

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A family have turned their home into a rainbow in order to try and brighten up the spirits of their neighbourhood.

The Smith family have expanded on the campaign that has seen young children draw rainbows and uplifting messages and place them in the front windows of their home, by colouring in most of their home in the colours of a rainbow.

It was the idea of 10-year-old Mia, who with the help of her mum Gemma and sister Gracie, 13, spent hours with a piece of chalk in her hands, colouring in each individual brick on her house.

Mia had already drawn rainbows and uplifting messages to put in her window, but thought that as she had some free time, she should do the whole house as well.

They used chalk to colour in the bricks on the house Credit: MEN Media

Her mum Gemma said:

This has really been a labour of love for us all, and we really hope that it will catch on and we will see rainbow coloured houses all over the area.

At first we were going to just do a few odd bricks here and there, but then we decided we would do as many as the chalk would allow us, and we have now covered half of the house.

I just hope that maybe some other people are inspired by this, and we will see even more rainbow houses across the area."

– Gemma Smith
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Mia said: "I love rainbows and have been drawing them since I have been at home during lockdown, because they are a good way to brighten up people's days.

"I still have a little bit of chalk left, so next we are going to paint rainbows on our driveway until we run out!"

Gemma, who is a health care assistant in the NHS, says that her family have been isolating for nearly a week and a half longer than the rest of the country, as Mia has an immune deficiency brought on by her type one diabetes.

She said: "Because of Mia's condition we have been isolating longer than everyone so that we can make sure that we are safe.

"To be honest, we have really been enjoying it, because it is nice to have all of the family together all of the time. We have baked, played games and had a lot of fun.

"It really is important that we all do our bit and stay home."

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