Tonight is the last Clap For Our Carers applause - here’s why it’s ending
The weekly NHS applause, Clap For Our Carers, has been taking place every Thursday at 8pm throughout the coronavirus lockdown, allowing people to say thank you to key workers.
But this Thursday (28 May) will be the last Clap For Our Carers event.
Here’s what you should know about why it’s ending - and how to get involved in the last round of applause.
What is the Clap For Our Carers campaign?
The Clap For Our Carers, or #clapforourcarers, campaign sees people throughout the UK applaud NHS workers, delivery drivers, shop workers and other key workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes each week.
It offers people the chance to say thank you to key workers during the pandemic, and helps unite communities in their support.
The campaign website says: “Healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services, delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all those who are out there making an unbelievable difference to our lives in these challenging times… bravo, you are amazing!”
When did it begin?
The first Clap For Our Carers applause began on 26 March 2020 and was a huge success across the UK.
The weekly 8pm applause continued to grow in popularity, with many people taking part each week, uniting communities and public figures.
Why is this week the final clap?
This week will see the final clap take place, as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased throughout the UK.
The Clap For Our Carers website explains: “For nine weeks the community clap has become a huge televised event every Thursday at 8pm, but the final applause (for now) is upon us.
“Thursday 28th May 2020 marks the tenth national applause and will be the end in the current run, as lockdown begins to be eased.”
However, there are plans for it to become an annual event in the future with the website adding: “Clap For Our Our Carers will continue to evolve its vision, with plans including an annual national event – Clap For Our Carers Day – taking place on 25th March 2021 (one year on from the first applause).”
How do I join in?
Simply clap from your doorstep, your balcony, your garden or front room at 8pm on Thursday 28 May.Coverage of the final clap will be broadcast on BBC One, ITV and social media channels at 8pm.