Spotted rainbow in your street? We spoke to the Rainbow Trail initiator, Crystal Stanley

Updated: May 5, 2020

"I am Crystal Stanley from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. I have a 3-year old daughter and a puppy. 

Crystal with her daughter
Image: Crystal with her daughter

A few weeks back, I saw a post on Facebook from Italy, and the post inspired me to start the Rainbow Trail. The idea is to draw rainbows and put it on your window to let the frontline and essential workers know that we are thinking of them. Rainbows represent positivity and hope, and one usually sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky after a storm.

When I started I thought that it would be wonderful to have rainbows outside Ipswich homes but within 2 days this movement went viral and the whole of the UK joined in. Within a couple of days, people from across the world started joining the group and sharing their rainbow pictures. It is unreal that today we have over 200,000 members from across the world in the Facebook groupThe first rainbow that I made for our home was with my daughter. However, she got bored after one colour and I had to finish the rest (haha!). 

We have received rainbow images from Australia, America, Africa, Italy, Thailand, and even small islands. One entry was from an 86-year old woman who drew the rainbow herself to put it up on her window. That was so sweet.

What was more surprising was that Queen mentioned Rainbows in her live speech addressing the nation on April 5th, 2020. I was putting my daughter to bed, so I had no idea about this. My phone went absolutely crazy, people started ringing and texting me. I was speechless when I watched it later. I never knew something as simple as rainbows could become a worldwide symbol of hope during this emotional phase. I was secretly hoping that the Queen would put one up in Buckingham Palace. But we got rainbows up at 10 Downing Street so that was amazing to see.

Image: Rainbows at 10 Downing Street

Now that we are a big network of people who are supportive and kind to each other, we are using the group to raise funds for charity, promote small businesses, and generally help each other during this phase.

This phase is definitely tough. My entire life has changed. But there is still a positive side. People have started cooking from scratch. A lot of people are growing their own food now. Life has gone back to basics. And I hope we all come out of this phase stronger and with a sense of gratefulness for life. Lastly, a big thank you to every single person who has drawn a rainbow and put out."

Rainbow pictures from across the world:

You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to Crystal Stanley who is going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.

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