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Clap For Our Carers Is Back – And Will Continue Weekly Until The End Of Lockdown

By Natasha Hinde

The 36-year-old decided to orchestrate #ClapForOurCarers after she heard friends and family members in her home country, the Netherlands, were doing something similar. And, having seen footage of people coming together for the same purposes in Spain and France, she thought: why not do this in the UK?

Plas, who works in sales and as a yoga instructor, FaceTimed her friends to float the idea of ‘clapping for carers’ – including NHS workers, care workers, pharmacists and supermarket staff. They were all on board so she made a graphic for social media, set up a website, and started sharing it online.

The weekend prior to the first nationwide event, the campaign blew up – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Victoria Beckham were among many who pledged support. In the end, thousands of people all over the country took part.

“It was a very emotional moment for me as I heard my neighbours that I haven’t seen for days on our (normally busy) road,” she told HuffPost UK, after the event. “It went from clapping behind windows, to hanging out of them, to people – in safe distance – outside shouting.”

Hopefully it can give some strength and a boost to whoever needs it.Annemarie Plas

Plas wants people to spread the word to get as many of us as possible taking part every week. She encourages everyone to stand where they can while respecting social-distancing etiquette – be it doorways, windows, balconies, gardens or living rooms – at 8pm every Thursday.

All you have to do is clap, make noise, and show your appreciation for key workers. It’s also enjoyable to see your neighbours doing the same.

“Hopefully it can give some strength and a boost to whoever needs it,” said Plas. “I hope it gives that boost to the frontline people, people that we’ve often taken for granted. They can see how much we appreciate them.

“Without them we are no one.”

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/clap-for-our-carers-thursday-8pm_uk_5e84583fc5b6871702a73cee