YOUNGSTERS across South Cumbria have been helping to spread a bit of happiness amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The vast majority of schoolchildren are now in isolation at home with parents finding ways to keep their little ones entertained.

Schools across the UK shut on Friday to children of non-key workers.

Teachers are encouraging pupils to put up paintings to "spread hope" after a trend started online.

The idea quickly spread on social media over the weekend after a post suggested it might help brighten someone's day.

Youngsters were encouraged to put pen to paper while they stay at home to avoid the spread of coronavirus and displaying them in the window would give other families something to look out for while they stretch their legs.

The lockdown allows families to take one outdoor session of exercise a day such as walking, cycling or running.