THE nation was brought together last Thursday as we all clapped in unison to thank NHS staff and carers who have been working tirelessly to battle the coronavirus crisis.
If you missed the iconic event, don’t despair as its all happening again tonight, here’s all the info you need so you can join the tribute too.
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What time does Clap for our Carers start tonight?
Clap for our Carers will start tonight, Thursday April 2, 2020, at 8pm.
This follows on from last Thursday when the tribute to NHS staff began.
Millions of people across the UK stood and clapped from their doorways in unison to honour staff and carers who have been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arch will also light up blue throughout the tribute and the hashtag #LightItBlue was used for it on Twitter.
Why are people clapping for our NHS workers?
The NHS are leading the fight against coronavirus, risking their own health and spending time away from families to try and help people recover and fight off the disease.
The aim of the event is to make NHS staff and carers know that their efforts are appreciated by the country during these unprecedented times.
Similar displays of affection for hospital staff and carers have been seen across Europe in countries like Spain and Italy.
The Dutch yoga teacher-Annemarie Plas, who started the campaign in the UK, has said that the clapping should be done every week until the coronavirus crisis ends.
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How can I get involved?
Everyone is encouraged to get involved in clapping for our carers.
You can join millions in applauding NHS staff by going out on your doorstep, going in your garden, on your balcony or leaning out your window to give a rousing- roar and clap for their efforts.
If you want to do a-bit more, you can live stream your involvement via social media, with the hashtag #clapforourcarers.
The Clap For Our Carers campaign poster reads: “During these unprecedented times they need to know that we are grateful.
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Can I become an NHS volunteer?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock launched an appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS as the country tries control the spread of coronavirus.
He called on members of the public to come forward and help support the most vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.
Anyone who is over the age of 18, fit, healthy and doesn’t have any symptoms can sign up to volunteer.
The duties of the volunteers will include;
- Delivering shopping to the vulnerable
- Transporting patients to and from hospital
- Driving medicine and equipment to NHS facilities
- Checking up on isolated inviduals via phone
Patient transport drivers will require an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (EBS) before being given this role and will also be given training to carry out the role safely.
You can sign up by visiting NHS website https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS and following the instructions there.