Clap for Carers set to return for third lockdown to applaud 'every hero'

Clap for Carers will make a comeback this Thursday – but this time, people across the UK are invited to put their hands together for ‘every hero who has played their part through the pandemic’.

Annemarie Plas, the woman who started Clap for Carers in March, revealed today she intends to bring back the 8pm applause to ‘lift spirits’ amid the third national lockdown.

The gesture was originally started as a way to show gratitude and appreciation to NHS and care staff working on the frontline.

It has now been renamed ‘Clap for Heroes’ in order to acknowledge teachers, homeschooling parents, those who are shielding and ‘every other person who is having a difficult time’ during the third shutdown.

Ms Plas tweeted today: ‘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!’

Applause rang out across the nation for ten weeks straight during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the event ended on May 28 after Ms Plas said it had become too heavily politicised.

The mother-of-one said: ‘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.’

The weekly event was often controversial, with some observers routinely flouting social distancing rules to gather at Westminster Bridge every Thursday.

Others dubbed the gesture as tokenistic and patronising, as NHS workers continued to receive low pay and little PPE.

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