OSWESTRY'S British Ironwork Centre has revealed its NHS Rainbow in partnership with the Countess of Chester Hospital as it was launched by the Duke of Westminster.

The Rainbow sculpture, created by the British Ironwork Centre, is designed to show appreciation and gratitude to all keyworkers for their efforts during the pandemic.

The sculpture has raised more than £40,000 through the Blue Skies Balcony Appeal and comes after the Centre wanted to support hospitals and charities that were massively impacted by the lockdown, as fundraising was halted overnight, and teamed up with the Countess.

The Duke, who attended Ellesmere College, spent time with keyworkers and the bridge.

A spokesman said: "The Countess of Chester Hospital held their “Rainbow Day” to launch the Rainbow, with cupcakes given to staff.

"A time capsule filled with schoolchildren pictures and letters, a prayer from the hospital’s Chaplaincy team and an empty vial of Covid-19 vaccine was placed at the end of the Rainbow by the Duke of Westminster, who gave his support to the project.

"If you would like to sponsor a heart, you can get involved at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/putaheartinourrainbow2020, or send a cheque to The Countess Charity, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1UL, made payable to The Countess Charity.

"The British Ironwork Centre hopes to continue this project by working with other charities and hospitals, and work is already underway on a second Rainbow for Bassetlaw Hospital, to be situated in Doncaster city centre."

If you would be interested in working with The British Ironwork Centre regarding a Rainbow, please contact them at info@BritishIronWorkCentre.co.uk