FAMILIES are getting involved in an arty campaign to bring hope amid the coronavirus pandemic.

People are painting rainbows on their windows as part of an international campaign called Chase the Rainbow.

Hailey Townsend, from Headington, got involved with her children at the weekend, one of which suffers from a number of medical conditions.

She said: "My children decided to join in on chase the rainbow to spread the love during this time.

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"We are self-isolating because Jardell is very vulnerable, but wanted to share this in the hope others may see our window and it will lift their spirits."

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Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall.

They are now serving as a reminder that there is hope and light to follow even after difficult times.

Mother-of-four, Marie Houston, from Banbury, has also got involved in the campaign with her family creating a 'stained glass window'.

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She said: "Our family had started to see pictures of rainbows decorating windows of their homes and wanted to join in.

"We decided on the idea of turning the whole window into a 'stained glass window' as a reminder to all who see it, that there is hope and better things to come.

"We wanted to give anyone that would see it, a reason to smile during these difficult times."

Trish Chaisty, from Didcot, created her rainbow out of balloons.

She said: "I created this balloon arch today on my kitchen window. During this very uncertain and worrying time I thought it would bring a smile and some hope to the residents of Great Western Park."

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Adele Hudson, who lives in Grove, is also taking part with her three-year-old son, Hudson.

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She said: "My 3 year old son painted this rainbow as he is now at home instead of nursery. I have got my son involved in this to put smiles on people's faces."

Becky Phelps, from Blackbird Leys, is a key worker and her children including four-year-old Ellie, got crafty over the weekend.

She said: "I work in a special needs school and I'm back to work on Thursday as I'm only able to work two days a week as their dad works nights.

"So we are keeping busy with lots of arts and crafts and work packs sent from school. Stay safe all."

Kirstie Buck, from Chalgrove, believes getting involved with her children will create a sense of unity.

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She said: We want to raise the spirits of the people who are at home and look out their windows. To show we are all in the same boat."

Donna Randall's son, Casey, who is 11-years-old from Bicester, painted a rainbow as part of his home school art lesson.

The new trend is believed to have started in Italy, but has also been adopted by the US, Canada and Spain, where people have decorated their windows and balconies.