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Children's rainbows cheer on Moray key workers

By Lorna Thompson

HOME-DRAWN rainbows are popping up in the windows of houses all over Moray as a "pick-me-up" while reinforcing the public health message to stay home.

The "From My Window Moray" Facebook group has amassed nearly 3100 members in a matter of days with the purpose to lift the mood in the streets and cheer on key workers through sharing children's artwork.

The group is encouraging both children and adults to make art and display their creations in their windows, posting images to the Facebook page with the hashtag #frommywindowmoray.

The group's originator, Elgin mum-of-three Alison Scott, of Esmonde Gardens, said she was surprised how quickly the idea had taken off. She said: "It's lovely. People seem to have really taken the idea on board.

"For parents at home with the kids it's a great thing to do – it offers the chance of a wee break, a distraction from the pressure of home schooling at the moment."

Alison's children are Samuel (18), Benjamin (15) and seven-year-old Linkwood Primary School pupil Isabella.

She added: "In our house we have a picture up for the postie. Other key workers can see it as well as others in isolation.

Mikey Gordon alongside his rainbow display in Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Mikey Gordon alongside his rainbow display in Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

"My three children are on the autism spectrum so it's great to be able to do something that includes them, as isolation can be an issue in normal circumstances for them.

"We have had a couple of local care homes join us, so we have drawings posted to the residents online, which helps to lift people's spirits."

Alison has been joined by friend Emma Pearson-Brand in co-ordinating the positivity project and said they will throw out different art themes to keep engagement up in the days and weeks ahead.

She added: "If it helps people just now, well, that's what it's all about."

The group circulated a message from one anonymous Moray key worker, which said: "I would personally like to thank every child parent/carer for these pictures.

"As a home carer, work is extremely difficult in these present circumstances and these photos bring great joy to not only the vulnerable, elderly and people who are self-isolating, but also people who have to go out to work."

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