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There's Another Clap For The NHS And Key Workers Tonight

There's Another Clap For The NHS And Key Workers Tonight

Last week, members of the public stood at their front doors and hung out their windows to applaud our heroic NHS staff on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

After such a moving event that brought hope and thanks, it's been decided it's happening again tonight.

The show of support was to thank NHS staff who are risking their lives fighting the deadly pandemic, as well as spending time away from their own families because they're in close contact with people who have contracted COVID-19.

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It really was such a wonderful way to applaud the frontline carers and it's all thanks to Dutch yoga teacher, Annemarie Plas, who started the campaign to clap for carers in the UK.

She told Sky News she hoped we could continue the claps weekly until we are no longer locked down.

People in Leicestershire showing support for our carers last week (Credit: PA)
People in Leicestershire showing support for our carers last week (Credit: PA)

And today on the Instagram page she runs, Clap For Our Carers, she penned: "After an incredible and inspiring response last week, #clapforourcarers has now become a weekly event, taking place every Thursday at 8pm. Join the movement and show everyone putting themselves at risk how much we appreciate them! Please share and spread the word".

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But this time around it's not just for NHS staff. Annemarie wrote on Instagram a few days ago that this time it would thank more people - all our key workers.

She said: "We also need to thank more of you, not just the NHS and front line, but it is you working in shops, collecting our bins, delivering our mail, delivering our food, delivering our goods, nursery teachers that are at work, any teacher who has taken on a their teaching online, cleaners in our stations, hospitals. Working at the fire stations, police, paramedics, vets, in public transport, warehouse pickers, and even more."

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Similar displays of thanks have been seen in the likes of Italy and Spain too, two countries which have been badly affected by the pandemic so far.

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And we have to say, after joining in with the clap last week, it was an uplifting event that brought us comfort and hope and hopefully brought our NHS workers even a small amount of joy.

If you didn't join in last week because you thought nobody else would, then we assure you, people were out there. They even brought out pans and spoons to bang on to ensure the applause could be heard loud and clear and to encourage others to come and join.

This week's clap is for key workers which includes the likes of teachers, binmen and policemen (Credit: Unsplash)
This week's clap is for key workers which includes the likes of teachers, binmen and policemen (Credit: Unsplash)

Just make sure you stay inside or just outside your front door and never closer than two metres to a neighbour.

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Whilst us regular folk do that, ITV will also be applauding key workers in its own way.

Tonight, it will pause programming whilst the Clap for our Carers takes place, coming off air.

While the nation comes together in a display of gratitude, ITV will show a short sequence which will encourage viewers to donate to NHS Charities Together.

See you all at 8pm.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, News, Coronavirus, NHS

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Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.