Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, which cares for terminally ill children from Leicestershire and across the East Midlands, has officially been awarded the Guinness World Record for creating the largest postcard mosaic.
Back in April, to celebrate the charity’s 20th birthday, a team of more than 40 volunteers came together at Manheim Online Hangar at Bruntingthorpe to lay down over 40,000 brightly coloured postcards to create a giant image of a Rainbow which measured over 630 square metres.
Originally launched by Rainbows patron, comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, Rainbows asked people across the East Midlands to help the hospice break a world record by sharing a photo selfie online or by writing a birthday message on a special coloured postcard.
For months the charity was inundated with positive messages and fun photos. Over 7,500 selfies and postcards, including those from celebrities - became part of the mosaic design.
Mr Walliams said: “I’m so happy that Rainbows has smashed the world record! Having seen first-hand the amazing work they do at the hospice and the way they care and support families, this is the perfect Christmas present for everyone associated with Rainbows.”
The previous record was 453.37 square metres, created by students from The Camford International School in India.
Rainbows’ successful record-breaking attempt was co-ordinated with the help of award-winning agency Juice. The company worked with Rainbows to create a masterplan and helped manage the volunteers to complete the design. The task took over six hours and 27 minutes to complete.
To see the time-lapse video of the world record attempt visit www.rainbows.co.uk/birthdayrainbow