07 January 2021 20:45
Clap for Heroes: What time 'Clap for Carers' is tonight, and why the NHS tribute has returned The Clap for Carers weekly applause is returning as 'Clap for Heroes' at 8.00pm on Thursday 7 January, with founder Annemarie Plas saying: 'I hope it can lift the spirit of all of us' Clap for Carers, the nationwide weekly round of applause which became an integral part of the first lockdown, will make its return this week under a new name. Annemarie Plas, who started the campaign in March, announced that it would resume on Thursday evening as "Clap for Heroes" following the reintroduction of nationwide lockdown restrictions. The i newsletter latest news and analysis Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. She tweeted on Wednesday morning: "We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown.
"I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us. Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share! #clapforheroes." The original Clap for Carers campaign ran for 10 weeks, starting from Thursday 26 March (Photo: Reuters) What time is 'Clap for Heroes'? The nationwide round of applause will return in its familiar 8.00pm slot on Thursday 7 January. During the first national lockdown, the original Clap for Carers campaign ran for 10 weeks, starting from Thursday 26 March. Ms Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, came up with the "spontaneous idea" as a way to show support for frontline workers battling Covid-19, and thought it might end up being just her and a few friends sharing the moment on video chat. In December, she recalled the build-up in a piece for i: "The run up of the first night of the applause, on Thursday 26 March, was pretty relaxed, as I still had no idea how many people would actually take part. "But when I started to set-up a livestream with Sky News and I could see the tip of the Shard turning blue out of our attic widow, I started to get a little nervous. "When I opened my front room window at 7.59pm my street was quiet, as expected since we were in lockdown, but as soon as I started to bang my spoon on a pan and shouted "thank you", windows and doors opened and my neighbours joined in. "It gave – and still does – me goosebumps. At that moment I no longer felt alone with my family, but together with my community." Some argued that Clap for Carers became increasingly politicised (Photo: Getty Images) When did Clap for Carers end? Clap for Carers quickly became a national tradition, as millions of people across the UK lined their thresholds, gathered on pavements and stood in their gardens to support care staff and frontline workers. Members of the royal family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined in with the show of support, and as it went on some claimed the weekly gesture was becoming politicised. It was decided that the tenth and final applause would come on 28 May as the first period of lockdown measures gradually eased. Ms Plas told the PA news agency: "Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised. I think the narrative is starting to change and I don't want the clap to be negative." The tradition returned for a special tribute to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday 5 July at 5.00pm. Reflecting on the tribute's impact, Ms Plas wrote for i: "In my opinion, clap for our carers, together with other initiatives, united us in the first part of this crisis. "I hope it simultaneously opened our eyes too – to really, REALLY, see the people who took care of us. The 'caretakers' in the broadest sense of the word, from NHS staff to the shop workers filling our supermarket shelves. "We should be so grateful to them."