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Clap for our NHS Staff

On Sunday 5th July at 5pm we are all encouraged to clap for the NHS to celebrate their 72nd birthday! 

The aim is to make as much noise as possible so that we can say the biggest thank you ever to those who work tirelessly 24/7. 

They have been heroes during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s only fitting that we should do one final clap for them to show our appreciation for their dedication. 

Iconic buildings including London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Shard, Wembley Arch and Blackpool Tower will also be lit up in blue for the NHS on the anniversary.

At the peak of the pandemic, households across the country applauded healthcare workers and key workers every Thursday evening for 10 weeks to show their appreciation.

On the evening of 4th July, people will be asked to put a light in their windows in remembrance of all those who lost their lives to coronavirus.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said he hoped the public would use the new 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.“From bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers and, of course, the public who took action to stay at home to stop infection spreading, everyone played their part.” 

We would like to thank our carers for the fantastic care they deliver on a daily basis and for going above and beyond during this worrying and stressful time, you’re all awesome!