PEOPLE of all ages have been giving a helping hand to create stunning rainbow displays in support of healthcare key workers at two opticians in Chester and Broughton.

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Specsavers in Chester and Broughton have brightened up their high streets with rainbow displays made from nearly 500 individual customer handprints.

The opticians, which are currently open for an essential and urgent care service, put out a call to its customers, staff, family and friends to send in handprints of all the colours of the rainbow, and received a huge amount of support.

Nearly 500 individual handprints were sent into the stores, mostly from local children, in an effort to send a clear message of support and solidarity to other healthcare key workers, many of whom are visiting Specsavers to have essential sight care which ensures they can continue working.

Kelly Gibson, store director at Specsavers in Chester and Broughton, said: "At the moment, the world can seem quite a dark place with Covid-19 affecting us all in some way.

"We wanted to do anything we could to help brighten up people’s days.

"We speak to key workers for the NHS and other sectors every day when they come in needing care, and we hear first-hand how hard they’re working round the clock to keep people safe.

"The rainbow has become synonymous with support during lockdown, and we wanted to bring together the whole community to create beautiful displays that say thank you to these workers, and show our solidarity with them as vital care providers ourselves.

"We’ve been overwhelmed with support for our rainbow displays, and are still receiving even more handprints in the post.

"It’s great to see our communities come together to spread a message of hope and support during these challenging times."