Clap for Carers campaign to return this week under new name ‘Clap for Heroes’

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The Clap for Carers was a big part of the first lockdown, with millions of people across the United Kingdom showing their appreciation for NHS staff and key workers by applauding from windows, doorsteps and balconies.

Now, Clap for Carers looks set to return under a new name ‘Clap for Heroes’.

Annemarie Plas, the woman who came up with the weekly ritual that ran during the first lockdown, took to social media on Wednesday morning to confirm that it will return at 8pm this Thursday (January 7).

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However, rather than just focusing on carers, the message will now be widened to ‘Clap for Heroes’ – acknowledging all those who have played their part through the pandemic, not just health workers.

Plas 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.”

Applause rang out across the nation for ten weeks straight during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic – but the event ended on May 28 after Ms Plas said it had become too heavily politicised.

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Clap for carers was a feature of the first full lockdown in 2020.Clap for carers was a feature of the first full lockdown in 2020.
Clap for carers was a feature of the first full lockdown in 2020.

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