NHS applause: What time are people clapping for the NHS tonight?

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, NHS workers are working hard on the frontline to provide essential care and support. Retired NHS staff have also returned to work to help in the UK’s effort to tackle COVID-19.

To show the nation’s gratitude for the National Health Service, a national clapping event has been organised in its honour.

The “Clap For Our Carers” event will echo other applause events for healthcare workers which have taken place in countries such as Spain and the Netherlands.

The UK’s campaign started online, and is expected to be supported by hundreds of thousands of people tonight.



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Organisers of the “Clap For Carers” campaign say it is happening because NHS staff need to “know we are grateful”.

The Clap For Our Carers campaign poster reads: “During these unprecedented times they need to know that we are grateful.

“Please join us on: 26th March at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all nurses, doctors, GPs and carers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against the virus.

“Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!”

What time are people clapping for the NHS tonight?

The “Clap For Our Carers” event is taking place today (Thursday, March 26).

At 8pm people across the UK will be applauding either on their doorsteps or through open windows, to show their appreciation for NHS staff.

Organisers have called for people to clap every Thursday while the coronavirus outbreak continues.


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How can you get involved?

It’s really easy – at 8pm look out the window, get on your balcony or doorstep, and clap to show your support.

People are being encouraged to stream and upload videos of their applause via social media channels.

The hashtag to use to get involved is #clapforourcarers

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