A national clap is to take place this weekend to wish the NHS happy birthday as it turns 72 years old on Sunday 5th July at 5pm.
Clap for our Carers captured the country’s imagination, becoming not only an expression of support for frontline workers, but a message of solidarity.
During lockdown, the weekly ritual bought communities together every Thursday evening at 8pm and at the height of the lockdown gave us the rare opportunity to talk to those outside of our own household.
Founder backs annual clap on birthday of NHS
The Clap For Our Carers, or #clapforourcarers, campaign saw people across the UK applaud NHS workers, delivery drivers, shop workers and other key workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes.
It gave people the chance to say thank you to key workers during the pandemic, and helped unite communities in their support. It was launched by Dutch national Annemarie Plas, who lives in London. Once lockdown was eased it came to an end after ten weeks but now the founder has put her support behind an annual clap to mark the anniversary of the NHS.
Join the nation at 5pm on Sunday 5th July
So, on Sunday 5th July, the day the NHS was founded and turns 72 years old, the whole country is invited to come together at 5pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.
The ‘Together Coalition‘ campaign has also backed the annual clap. The ‘Together’ coalition brings community groups together of some of the best organisations across the UK as well as national and global organisations such as the NHS, Facebook, BBC, Girlguiding, Scouts, Google, Eden Project, CBI, ITV, Sport England and more.
Moment of remembrance – buildings across UK to be be lit up in blue
On Saturday 4th July, will be a moment of remembrance and reflection for those we have lost during the pandemic. This is a chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects. It is being led by the Together Coalition and they are asking people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep.
As part of this collective memorial, and as a mark of respect and tribute to NHS staff, key workers and everyone who has played their part during the pandemic, iconic landmarks including the London Eye, Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and Wembley Arch will be illuminated in blue.
The coalition are calling on sports stadiums, bridges, castles, monuments, conference venues and landmarks to join in lighting up our skylines and cities on the evening of 4th July.
Thank you to the #MakeitBlue Collective who are supporting us as part of their #LightItBlue campaign. The campaign was created by the events and entertainment industry to show a united display of gratitude for health and key workers.
Have a look at this list of the buildings that plan to be lit up.