NHS staff and volunteers fighting the coronavirus pandemic will be celebrated tonight by people from across the country participating in Clap for our Carers.
In tribute to NHS staff, the British opened their doors on Thursday evening to applaud the heroes on the front lines of the British fight against the disease.
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What time will the applause take place this evening?
The round of applause for the caregivers will be 8 p.m. tonight – Thursday April 9, 2020.
Since its inception on Thursday, March 26, hundreds of thousands of Britons have joined in unison to show their support for the NHS in what will be a weekly event throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Major landmarks across the country will also be highlighted during the tribute, including the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral.
A number of celebrities, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Victoria and David Beckham, and presenter Chris Moyles supported the demonstration of gratitude.
The campaign was launched by Londoner Dutchwoman Annemarie Plas, who was inspired after seeing a similar tribute to health workers taking place in her native country, the Netherlands.
Since then, other countries across Europe – including Italy and Spain – have also shown similar displays to thank medical personnel, whose work was so influential during the epidemic.
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Why do people applaud?
Clap for our Carers organizers say that during these unprecedented times, NHS staff need to know that the public is grateful for their work.
The communities used the applause to boost the morale of the workers and to lift the spirit of the nation in these difficult times.
In addition to NHS workers, retirees and graduating students have also joined the fight against coronaviruses and will also be announced.
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How can I participate?
The good news is that everyone can participate and it’s completely free.
You can join the rest of the country by simply standing on your balcony or in your front garden to give a round of applause with the rest of the country.
If you want to get even more involved, you can broadcast live by applauding via social media, or use the hashtag #clapforourcarers on Twitter.
And you will also be in good company, in the preceding weeks, the royal family, including Prince Charles, who was recovering from the virus, was photographed participating in his home on the Balmoral estate.