Record Breaking Rainbow!

A team of more than 40 volunteers helped us in our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest postcard mosaic.

Launched by comedian and Britain’s Got Talent Judge, David Walliams, last year, we asked people across the East Midlands to take part in our 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.

More than 40,000 brightly coloured postcards were laid down by volunteers from Santander, Opus Energy, Juice Creative and Manheim Auctions in the shape of a rainbow to create a spectacular mosaic design. The finished project measured a massive 30.05 metres by 21.22 metres, making a total area of over 637m². The current record 453.37m² and was created by students from The Camford International School in India.

David Walliams 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.”

We have been inundated with positive messages and fun photos. Over 7,500 selfies and postcards, including those from celebrities such as David Cameron, Miranda Hart and David Walliams became part of the mosaic design.

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

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 really enjoyed getting 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 Online added: “Rainbows are our charity partner for 2015 and we are pleased to support this innovative event. We look forward to holding several further events throughout the year.”

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