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Clap For Our Carers: How Britons thanked NHS with nationwide round of applause

The Clap For Our Carers campaign brought the nation together on Thursday night to thank the NHS workers tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic

Britons applauded those looking after our loved ones from their windows, doorsteps or balconies. 

The message has been circulating widely on social media, and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK participated. 

Thousands of Britons, from celebrities to royals to sports stars, joined the show of support for the NHS. Hundreds of videos of people clapping flooded social media:

Some people banged on pots and pans to provide a bit of extra oomph:

Even dogs were getting involved at Catford, in south London: 

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak led the applause from Downing Street:

James Bond also joined in – Daniel Craig and his partner, Rachel Weisz, posted a video of themselves clapping, along with stars of the film series:

England Women’s football team – aka the Lionesses – also showed their appreciation:

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis stayed up late to join their parents in applauding Britain’s NHS workers. The young Cambridges, at home in Norfolk, joined the nation to thank those helping to battle the virus pandemic. 

Kensington Palace shared a video of them getting involved:

The Royal Family tweeted a video of the clapping from Windsor Castle:

And the Queen’s Household Cavalry posted a video paying tribute to NHS heroes:

Earlier in the day, the Royal Family’s social media team had shared information about the #ClapForCarers movement, along with a countdown clock to encourage followers to join in.

They said on Twitter that they were “enormously thankful” for the work of NHS carers:

Landmarks across the country were lit up in blue for the salute, including the Wembley arch, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral. The tribute was part of the #LightItBlue campaign, organised by members of the entertainment and events industry to say thank you.  

MV Ventura, a cruise ship docked in Southampton, was lit up with this message:

Most got out on their doorstep, in their garden or on their balcony. Some leaned out of a window. 

Others went the extra mile, live streaming their participation on social media channels with with the caption #clapforourcarers.

The Clap For Our Carers campaign poster reads: “During these unprecedented times, they need to know that we are grateful.

“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!”

The organisers of the campaign – which started online – said they decided to stage it because “during these unprecedented times, they [NHS staff] need to know we are grateful”.

They say Britain’s frontline medical personnel face an unprecedented challenge and the best thing the public 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 NHS forces tackling the pandemic, and they deserve our thanks for doing so. 

Other countries under lockdown, including Spain and Italy, have already paid similar tributes to medical staff, applauding and cheering from their windows. 

 

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