Clap for Carers to return for one more week to mark NHS 72nd birthday

THE Clap for Carers will be revived for another week to celebrate the NHS's 72nd birthday.

Brits are being asked to come out and clap at 5pm on Sunday July 5 to say thank you to the NHS staff who continue to work hard in the coronavirus crisis.

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For ten weeks the sound of clapping echoed through neighbourhoods across the UK as heroic NHS workers battled tirelessly against the coronavirus pandemic.

The final round of applause for key workers and carers across the country was on May 28, after the woman who coined the idea claimed it "had its moment".

She was concerned that the show of appareciation was at risk of being politicised.

NHS bosses are hoping to make it an annual event for the public to give thanks to the service.

Public buildings will be lit up in blue, including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.

The clap will take place the day that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will finally be allowed to open their doors for the first time since the UK plunged into lockdown in March.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens says he hopes the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to "say a heartfelt thank-you" to hospital staff.

Sir Simon said: "This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with COVID-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and many others besides.

"During this testing time our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers."

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