Ilkeston folk urged to help break record

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Comedian and author David Walliams wants people in Ilkeston to help create the world’s biggest rainbow for the East Midlands’ only children’s hospice by adding a splash of colour.

Mr Walliams, who is a patron of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, wants people to celebrate the charity’s 20th birthday milestone by helping to smash a world record.

To get involved, people can share a bright photo selfie online or write a birthday message on a special coloured postcard.

The selfies and postcards will then be laid together to create the giant rainbow, which will be displayed later in the year at a venue in the East Midlands. The charity - which cares for more than 280 children and young people from the region, including those from Derbyshire - hopes to break the record for the world’s biggest postcard mosaic, which currently measures 453.37 m².

Geoff Ellis, Rainbows chief executive said: “Anyone from Ilkeston can get involved in this and if enough people join in, we will create the biggest rainbow ever.”