26 March 2020 20:39
A HUGE round of applause will be taking place tonight (Thursday, March 26) to say a massive thank you to the NHS staff and carers in our communities working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone across the country who can to clap at 8pm on March 26 - whether it's in your garden, on your doorstep at a window. The Clap for our Carers campaign will bring together the nation tonight to thank NHS workers who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday March 26, at 8pm, everyone is invited to applaud those looking after our loved ones from their windows, doorsteps or balconies. The message is circulating widely on social media and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are expected to participate.
Why are people doing it? The organisers of the campaign - which started online - say they decided to stage it because "during these unprecedented times they (NHS staff) need to know we are grateful". They say our frontline medical personnel face an unprecedented challenge and the best thing we can do in return, other than staying at home, is thank those risking their own health to help others. Recently retired personnel, as well as students nearing the end of their training, are expected to join forces tackling the pandemic and deserve our thanks for doing so. NHS workers who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic will be applauded by people across the country tonight.
When will the clapping take place? Tonight, so March 26, at 8pm. Landmarks across the country are set to light up blue during the tribute, including the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral. A number of celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Victoria and David Beckham, and presenter Chris Moyles have backed the showing of gratitude. CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - STAY IN THE KNOW Don't miss the latest news and figures - and essential advice for you and your family.
You can also show your support on social media with the caption #clapforourcarers. The Clap For Our Carers campaign poster reads: "During these unprecedented times they need to know that we are grateful. CORONAVIRUS NEWS Live Blog CORONA LATEST Coronavirus UK: 113 more Brits die as death toll rises to 578 UNDER LOCKDOWN AND KEY Trump says virus clusters will be tracked with 'robust surveillance' WARNING SIGN Official says US could be 'WORSE than Italy' as NY suffers 100 deaths in 1 day Live Blog CORONAVIRUS IN SPORT Wimbledon in the balance, generous Khan, but blast for Ronaldo LOVE NOTE Husband holds sign thanking medics for saving wife's life during virus crisis SEE YOU SOON Devastated Gemma Collins forced to miss parents' 40th wedding anniversary KEYBOARD WARRIOR How often should you clean your keyboard & mouse as Brits work from home? WAGE WOES Help for self-employed workers - the winner and losers and how it works PREPARING FOR CHAOS World readies for virus floodgates to open as field hospitals spring up VIRAL PEAK Lockdown measures 'starting to bite' but some could be in place for 6 months "Please join us on: 26th March at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all nurses, doctors, GPs and carers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against the virus. "Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!" A national salute is set to take place to honour the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle coronavirus. In a gesture of thanks to the frontline healthcare heroes, everyone across the nation has been invited to join a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies tonight at 8pm. We are pleading with everyone who is taking part to send us your pictures and videos, don't forget to add age name, age and location! Help us send out a mass thank you for all the hard work they're doing. You can send videos and pictures to [email protected] or on our Facebook page. Video As NHS staff across the country care for those affected by Covid-19, tonight, we're being asked to thank them. The event dubbed "Clap for our Carers" has seen a huge amount of support on social media and will see thousands of people taking a moment, opening their doors and windows to applaud NHS staff. Annemarie Plas is the woman behind it all, and she explained what inspired the idea.