What time is Clap for Carers tonight, Thursday, May 21?

IN a show of appreciation, Brits across the country will applaud the efforts of people on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus today, May 21.

Millions are expected to take part in Clap for our Carers, which has now become a weekly tradition.

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What time is Clap for our Carers tonight?

At 8pm, the nation will come together to applaud carers tonight, May 21.

Since March 26, this has been a weekly occurrence.

The initiative sees the involvement of millions of people and is intended to thank the estimated 1.3 million Britons who work for the NHS and other key workers as they combat the coronavirus on the frontline.

Across the country, landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall, the Wembley Arch and Lincoln Cathedral are all lit blue during the weekly show of gratitude.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has thanked the NHS after receiving treatment during his own battle with the coronavirus is among several public figures who partake in the tribute.


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Why are people clapping?

The purpose of Clap for our Carers is for the NHS to feel loved and appreciated by the British public, according to its organisers.

It is also used as a means to encourage them as they help the nation fight against the virus.

The show of appreciation also brings communities together and as they offer each other reassurance in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak.

Student carers, volunteers and other key workers are also applauded for their efforts to keep Britain moving during this time.

How can I get involved?

Getting involved is easy as anyone can join in.

All you need to do is stand at your window, on your balcony or front garden to give a round of applause along with the rest of the country.

Some have chosen some creative means of applauding with kitchen utensils while some drivers toot their horns.

If you are not able to go outside, you can also say thank you by live streaming yourself clapping on social media.

All you need is to include the hashtag #clapforourcarers as you join thousands who will be applauding on social media.

T-shirts can also be purchased with proceeds going to NHS charities.

Information on this can be found here.

How did Clap for carers start?

Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national who resides in London started the campaign.

She was motivated after seeing a similar tribute in her home country, the Netherlands.

Other countries who have been worst hit by the virus have since began to applaud for their carers.

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