NHS Staff Fighting Coronavirus To Receive Nationwide Round Of Applause Tonight
Britain is set to honour hardworking NHS staff with a unified round of applause this evening at 8pm.
The Clap for Carers campaign started online and is a gesture of appreciation and thanks to those who are working around the clock providing care during the coronavirus.
At 8pm tonight (Thursday 26 March) people have been invited to join in with a huge, nationwide round of applause from doorsteps, balconies and windows - where safe, obviously.
Event organisers said it was set up because throughout these 'unprecedented times, they [NHS workers] need to know we are grateful'.
A statement on the event website, reads: "Our Goal - To get everyone to clap for everyone that works in the front line; doctors, nurses; GPs; Pharmacist and EVERYONE related at the front line.
"I might not have included your title by name, sorry if that has happened. But we are really grateful for your hard work!"
The message has been spread on social media, via the hashtag #clapforourcarers and by sharing an online poster which gives more details.
The event has also received celebrity backing, with messages of support from the Beckhams, Piers Morgan and Chris Moyles.
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Supermarket chain Marks and Spencer has also said all its stores that are open at 8pm will be taking part.
Sacha Berendji, M&S's Retail & Operations Director said: "Across M&S today, we're going to do everything we can to show our support for the fantastic doctors, nurses, porters, healthcare assistants, paramedics, and a huge number of other people, who make up our wonderful NHS.
"We're proud to be supporting the Clap for Our Carers campaign and taking part whether we're in store with our work families, or at home with our own family. I'd urge everyone across the UK to get involved and give our NHS heroes their much-deserved moment."
Anyone who is taking part this evening has been urged to share footage of themselves joining in and sharing it online to show those on the front line who much they are appreciated.
View this post on InstagramGreat idea. Make our NHS heroes feel valued. Please share as wide as possible.
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Annemarie Plas, one of the Clap for Carers organisers, told Sky News: "It made me feel really warm inside that I wasn't the only one that felt like that.
"It's such a simple message and we take so many things for granted, and now all these freedoms and options are taken away from us, we start to realise [what we have]. It's a good time to show how thankful we are."
Similar events have been held in our countries, including Spain and France.
Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/
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