‘Clap For Carers’ returning as ‘Clap for Heroes’ tonight – how to take part

There's no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has put a huge strain on the National Health Service, and the public want to show their appreciation any way that they can.

In Spring 2020, most people came together every Thursday evening to applause front-line NHS staff and other key workers for 10 weeks during the UK's first coronavirus lockdown.

And now, the initiative's founder has confirmed that Clap for Carers will return under a new name – Clap for Heroes.

Founder Annemarie Plas tweeted that it would return on Thursday 7 January.

Ms Plas said she hoped the initiative would "lift the spirit of all of us" including "all who are pushing through this difficult time".

On Wednesday, she tweeted: "We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us.

"Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share!#clapforheroes."

What time is Clap for Heroes?

Clap for Heroes takes place at 8pm tonight (Thursday 7 January).

People across the country are invited to safely take to their doorsteps, windows, gardens and balconies to join in the national tribute.

In order to take part, remember to stand outside your house, or open your window and clap as loud as you can.

Individuals can even use items such as pots and pans to show their appreciation at 8pm on Thursday evening.

What is Clap for Heroes?

Clap for Heroes is a way to show appreciation for NHS staff as well as all key workers this time round.

The initiative was first started by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national who is living in London.

Ms Plas said: "I fully acknowledge that things are now worse than ever and some people might not feel an applause is appropriate, but I also know how much it meant to millions of people last time, not just to our carers but to our neighbours and communities.

"We all need to stay connected and be there for each other and we all deserve a round of applause for what we have gone through and can expect from the coming months.

"When people clap for all our heroes on Thursday, they should also clap for the heroes directly in their own lives, those whom they have personally found to be just incredible individuals."

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