Clap for Carers was a nationwide campaign whereby people were encouraged to celebrate the NHS and other key workers from their windows and doorsteps each Thursday evening during lockdown. The initiative’s founder called for the clap to end on a high in its 10th week and said it should be replaced by an annual event. But why is the clap for NHS due to make a return ahead of schedule on July 5?
What is Clap for the NHS?
Clap for the NHS, officially called Clap for our Carers, is a recurring not-for-profit movement created as a gesture of appreciation for workers on the frontline of the coronavirus response in the UK.
The idea originated in Europe and was appropriated by founder Annemarie Plas who promoted the campaign’s adoption in the UK.
The clap took place every Thursday evening at 8pm from March 26 to May 28.
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Public buildings will be lit up in shades of blue in honour of the NHS.
Buildings due to don blue tones include the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said he hopes the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to “say a heartfelt thank you” to hospital staff.
Sir Simon said: “This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with Covid-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and many others besides.
“During this testing time our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers.
“No health service, not even the NHS, could have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic.
“From bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers and, of course, the public who took action to stay at home to stop infection spreading, everyone played their part.”
Chief executive for NHS Wales Dr Andrew Goodall said Clap for Carers was “very much embraced” in Wales.
He added he is “delighted” to support the clap on July 5.
He said: “I know communities across Wales will want to pay tribute and thank everyone who has played their part in supporting our nation through this pandemic.”