Clap for Carers should END next week says woman who came up with idea – over fears it is becoming ‘politicised’ – The Sun

NEXT week’s Clap for Carers should be the last to stop it becoming "politicised" and "negative" – says the woman who thought it up.

Yoga teacher Annemarie Plas said it is best to finish when at its peak.

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The Dutchwoman, from South London, said she was “overwhelmed” by the support shown.

But she added: “I think it’s good to have the last of the series next Thursday, because to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.

“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.

"I think the narrative is starting to change and I don't want the clap to be negative."

Millions of people across the country have regularly paused to applaud frontline NHS workers and carers.

Next Thursday’s will be the 10th clap, started as the UK went into lockdown in March. Royals, the PM and celebs have all joined in.

Annemarie wants to bring back the clap in 2021 to mark a year since the outbreak.

She said: “Stopping clapping doesn’t mean we are not still appreciating them. Some people will still want to carry on, so they should.”



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What time is the NHS Clap for our Carers tonight? – The Sun

THE whole country was brought together last Thursday as we clapped in unison to thank NHS staff and carers who have been working to battle the coronavirus crisis.

If you missed the iconic event, don't worry, as it's all happening again tonight, here's what time 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, with The Sun calling for the tribute to happen every Thursday.

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 joined in as they were lit up blue throughout the tribute and the hashtag #LightItBlue highlighted it on Twitter.

Why are people clapping for our NHS workers?

The NHS is 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.

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, in your garden, on your balcony or leaning out of 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.

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 to 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 individuals 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.

Over 700,000 coronavirus volunteers signed up to help as of March 27, in incredible display of public spirit

You can sign up by visiting NHS website www.goodsamapp.org/NHS and following the instructions there.

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