Now more than ever, the general public is thanking the NHS for the incredibly hard work that they do. This evening, thousands of people across the UK took to their doors, windows, balconies, and gardens to clap for all the key workers who are looking after us during these unprecedented times.
To help encourage people to stay at home to alleviate the strain on our world-class health care system, celebrities have taken part in a video to thank the NHS.
Johnny Vegas, Shaun Ryder, Julie Hesmondhalgh, and Sadie Frost all feature, singing alongside Manchester-based children’s choir, Little Belters and members of the Great British public.
The video, made by Manchester-based film and creative content company The Gate, was originally released in 2015, however it has been given a fresh look to support our hard-working NHS workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The general public are being encouraged to share the video far and wide, following this evening’s national round of applause.
The Gate’s CEO, Simon Lewis, who was also behind the video campaign to get the NHS choir to number 1 in 2015, said: “Now, more than ever before, we need to let all of those in and around the NHS how much we appreciate them and help reinforce the #StayAtHomeSaveLives message.”
The Clap For Carers movement started in a campaign online, with organisers saying it was being staged because “during these unprecedented times, [the NHS staff] need to know that we are grateful.”
Landmarks across the United Kingdom also lit up in NHS blue to show support for the movement. Landmarks included the Wembley Arch, the Principality Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, and Lincoln Cathedral.
Leaflets for the movement have been circulating online.
Join us at 8pm tonight in giving all of the health and social care staff, across Scotland and the rest of the UK, a massive round of applause to show our appreciation for their hard work.Please share!#ClapForCarers #ClapForTheNHS @jasonleitch @NHSScotlandCE @NHS24 @Scotambservice pic.twitter.com/JgYIHXxMtv— Office of the Chief Executive NHSScotland (@NHSScotland) March 26, 2020
Before long, it was picked up by a series of large or important Twitter accounts, including St Mungo’s homeless charity and a range of hospitals and NHS accounts.
Tomorrow we will be showing our support for our incredible @NHSuk workers for all they’re doing through the #CoronaCrisis.— St Mungo’s (@StMungos) March 25, 2020
We will also #ClapForCarers for our fantastic service staff, who are working around the clock to help people off the streets – join us! pic.twitter.com/nrqpAqcpZe
The campaign has been joined by another hashtag – #LightItBlue – which is helping to co-ordinate decorating the landmarks in blue.
In a statement, organisers said: “The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.
“The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.”
Make sure you share the video, and stay at home.
Featured image credit: YouTube/ThankUNHS/The Gate