Creating a Masterpiece
The image is 196 feet tall and 500 feet wide, and it’s set on Jack Pantall’s farm near Staunton-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Pantall also managed to capture aerial drone footage of him creating the masterpiece. It took only 16 minutes to complete. He shared: “I was driving around trying to get it done in a hurry because the drone battery only lasts about 20 minutes and I had to be relatively quick on it. I managed to complete it in about 16 minutes, which was just in time, really.”
A Tribute Inspired by His Brother
The dad of two wanted to express his support to all the NHS heroes specifically because of two people in his life–Harry, his 31-year-old brother who is a paramedic himself, and his sister-in-law who works as a doctor. “I had one field left I could use before my spring planting finished so I decided to do it as soon as I could,” said Pantall.
Becoming a Symbol
The “Stay Safe” rainbow has become a symbol of support for anyone who wants to show their solidarity for health workers, who are working relentlessly in the front lines fighting this terrible virus. “My gesture was just something we thought that we could do down at the field. It’s just us showing a small amount of appreciation,” says Pantall. “At the very least it brings a smile to people’s faces and makes them know we are thinking of them,” he added.
Setting Up a JustGiving page
After Pantall’s broadcast message of support to the NHS workers, he decided to set up a JustGiving page to support hospital staffers – in the hope his viral stunt can help raise money and spirits of all of the doctors and nurses working out there in these troubling times. “The NHS workers are the main ones we must thank because they’re right in amongst it,” said Pantall. “It was all just to say a massive thank you to them. It really makes you feel good when they know there are people out there appreciating them. You never know someone is appreciating you until someone says.” He added.