‘Clap For Our Carers’ is a national campaign which first took place on Thursday 26th March and encouraged members of the public all across the UK to step out onto their doorsteps, into their gardens or stand at their windows and participate in a round of applause. At 8pm, thousands of Brits clapped their hands, banged pots and pans and cheered with all their might for all of the NHS workers, carers, cleaners and the many other key workers all across the whole of the country who have been working tirelessly on the front line during the battle against Coronavirus.
Shortly afterwards, it was decided that ‘Clap for Our Carers’ was going to become a regular occurrence during this pandemic – taking place every week on a Thursday at 8pm. Not only does it provide a much needed boost to anyone who is working in these particular fields – reminding them that the whole country is behind them and supporting them – but it also allows communities to unite in a time we are divided by social distancing measures.
For many of us it is a very emotional time of reflection – but how much of an impact does this event have on all of the key workers that it’s dedicated towards?
Jay Chris – who works for the NHS – told us that,
“Working as a paramedic on the front line is very rewarding at a time like this. I was just starting a night shift when I heard noises outside the station. I stepped outside onto the ambulance bays, and I were presented by mixture of sounds from clapping, whistle blowing, banging of pots and sounds of woohoo, the atmosphere felt magical. During this spotlight moment of pride, the clap for our carers campaign made me very proud to work for the NHS which lifted my spirits and brought a tear to my eyes. I’m very proud, and honoured to be in a position, and in the front line with my colleagues to provide the best possible care to our patients.”
Laura – who works for the NHS – told us that,
“It’s very overwhelming the amount of support we have received from the public. Each time makes me fill up and think wow. It makes me very proud that I’m a NHS staff nurse. Also I clap to say thank you to all the other key-workers as without them we wouldn’t have food, deliveries, childcare and other emergency services.”
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Penna, D., 2020. Clap For Our Carers: What Time Is The NHS Applause Tonight?. [online] The Telegraph. Available at: <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/clap-carers-time-nhs-tonight/> [Accessed 2 April 2020].