A Nationwide Clap For Carers Is Set To Happen Every Year On NHS Anniversary

By Georgie Hoole

Another nationwide clap to thank the NHS will take place this weekend.

Set to take place at 5pm on Sunday, July 5, the nationwide applause will coincide with the NHS’s 72nd birthday. And there are hopes that it will become an annual tradition.

Coronavirus has seen the NHS stretched to its limits, and 2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history. To thank staff for their dedication, compassion and strength, Clap for Our Carers has been a brilliant way for us to display our gratitude. It started at the beginning of the lockdown, and what followed was an emotional ten weeks of applauding the NHS staff and key workers with whoops and cheers, and plenty of pot-banging. But the story doesn’t end there…

The evening before the clap on July 5, people are being asked to display a light in their windows in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to coronavirus. At the time of the applause, broadcasters will also suspend transmissions as a mark of respect, and landmarks will light up in blue for the NHS.


The annual clap has been supported by the likes of NHS England Boss Sir Simon Stevens and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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