A national round of applause is set to take place in honour of the efforts of the NHS staff working round the clock throughout the Coronavirus Outbreak.
In a campaign that started online, the Clap For Carers moment is set to happen at 8PM tonight, with people from all around the nation set to join a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows, balconies and gardens.
The organisers of the campaign say it is being staged because “during these unprecedented times, [the NHS staff] need to know that we are grateful.”
Landmarks across the United Kingdom are going to light up in NHS blue to show support for the movement, too.
Confirmed landmarks so far include 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.”
Featured image credit: Clap For Your Careers / NHS / BBC News