Clap for Carers: Brits take to streets for what could be final celebration
28 May 2020, 20:36 | Updated: 28 May 2020, 21:43
Brits have taken to the streets for the tenth week to clap in celebration of frontline NHS staff and care workers.
Every Thursday, people across the UK have come out to clap and cheer for frontline staff tackling coronavirus.
But the person who began the clap, Annemarie Plas, wanted this week to be the last, as she feared it had become too politicised.
At 8pm on Thursday, Brits once again clapped on their doorsteps, banging pans and cheering for those helping tackle Covid-19.
Scots Rail drivers tooted horns, staff at Heathrow applauded and naval squadrons joined in too.
Today’s clap for carers marks 10 weeks of celebrating our wonderful NHS and carers in this way.— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) May 28, 2020
I want to thank each and every one of our wonderful NHS and care workers for the incredible, selfless work they do to look after us all. pic.twitter.com/ED266uH9RK
Lancashire Fire filmed two firemen applauding while doing press-ups as they went "all-out".
London hospital doctor Meenal Viz, who has worked on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic, said she supports Ms Plas' suggestion to end the event after this week amid concerns it has become too political.
She said: "My emotions have changed. It all started from a very human point of view - everybody had that gratitude for the NHS, everybody showed their love for this amazing healthcare system.
It’s the final #ClapForCarers tonight at 8pm let’s make it a loud rowdy one, they have been tremendous during this #Coronavirus pandemic along with so many other key workers caring for the many. Some have sadly died whilst caring for us all and we shall never forget them....— 🌈 Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) May 28, 2020
"But it went from that to being a stunt that the politicians chose to do. They used it and abused it, so they could show the public they were supporting it and then go straight into Number 10 Downing Street and make decisions which negatively impacted on the NHS and care workers.
"I'm not saying they should not support it - by all means applaud. But don't let your actions betray that. The Government has failed to protect the NHS."
Dr Viz, who is seven months pregnant with her first child, is backing a crowdfunding campaign to challenge the Government over personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff.
She claimed Government decisions have failed to protect healthcare workers.
We stand together again to show gratitude and appreciation to the NHS and key workers for their continuous efforts in the fight against #COVID19. 👏#ClapForCarers #ThankYouNHS pic.twitter.com/A80THwZYtA— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) May 28, 2020
CLAP FOR CARERS 👏@815NAS & 825 Naval Air Squadrons based @RNASYeovilton Somerset express their gratitude to all Key Workers , Carers and the @yeovil_hospital_nhs @nhs in the midst of Coronavirus . Thank you 👏👏👏@RoyalNavy #clapforcarers #keyworkers #nhs #flynavy 👏🚁⚓️ pic.twitter.com/DdumnGvAKf— RNAS Yeovilton (@RNASYeovilton) May 28, 2020
Clap for Carers was started to give communities in quarantine a chance to come together while social distancing.
Originally it was designed for NHS workers, but other essential workers and frontline staff are also commemorated.
Even Boris Johnson and members of the Royal Family came out in support for the cause.
Captain Tom Moore - who raised millions for NHS charities - said in a message to workers: "Well done, you've done a marvellous job, putting your life on the line looking after all these patients."