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TV channels throw support behind the Clap for Carers campaign amid coronavirus

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Tonight the UK joined in unity to thank NHS workers for their hard work and dedication through the coronavirus pandemic.

At 8pm people up and down the country clapped in unison from their balconies, doorsteps and open windows as part of the NHS ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign.

Paying tribute to the emotional moment, BBC and Channel 4 dedicated special news programming to the event and ITV gave a nod to the special salute by making an announcement during an advert break.

Both the BBC and Channel 4 news aired scenes of streets up and down the country clapping in union and interviewed members of the public who took part.

Channel 4 also filmed staff in their London newsroom clapping and cheering whilst adhering to social distancing rules as broadcaster Jon Snow presented the news over webcam from his home.

They also ended the news segment with scenes of people clapping in the streets of London as a singer projected Gerry and the Pacemaker’s hit You’ll Never Walk Alone.



Tonight the UK joined in unity to thank NHS workers for their hard work and dedication through the coronavirus pandemic

ITV showed support for the campaign with the announcer taking a moment to tell watchers that the channel were behind the NHS as they battle Covid-19, the NHS logo was also posted on-screen.

Claps were audible in the background before the voice over man introduced the second part of ITV soap Emmerdale starting.

The heartwarming sign of support for medical staff working on the front line was advocated by Annemarie Plas, 36, from Brixton in London.



Both the BBC and Channel 4 news aired scenes of streets up and down the country clapping in union and interviewed members of the public who took part

She came up with the idea after seeing something similar in her home country The Netherlands.

She told Mirror Online: “What I’ve seen in my home country made me look a little deeper into it and I saw the boost that it gave to the frontline and the togetherness it brought to the people that were stuck in their homes.

“The front line is doing their best they can, being exposed to the virus.

“We are ‘safe’ at home and of course finding that challenging, but it is in no way as hard as what they are doing.

“And I want them to know that we are behind them and feel so grateful of them doing that for us.”



Paying tribute to the emotional moment, BBC and Channel 4 dedicated special news programming to the moment and ITV gave a nod to the event by making an announcement during an advert break

She made a poster last Friday and started sharing it with her friends on WhatsApp and on social media, before going on to build a website with GoDaddy.

She said: “So far it has been heart-warming, to know that more people feel like this.

“Just do it, there is no special training of talent needed, and when you hear your neighbours you hopefully feel that you are not alone in this.”

At the same time of the clapping, sporting and entertainment venues and landmarks were lit up blue to honour the NHS.

Iconic buildings included the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral and the Belfast Titanic Signature Building, The National Theatre and Metro Radio in Newcastle.



At the same time of the clapping, sporting and entertainment venues and landmarks were lit up blue to honour the NHS

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The #lightitblue campaign has been organised by leaders from the events and entertainment industry to show a simultaneous display of gratitude for those working tirelessly to look after Britons battling COVID-19.

More than half a million members of the public have answered a call for an army of volunteers to help ease the pressure on our NHS.

The NHS Volunteer Responders will be mobilised for the next three months in the battle to keep
1.4 million vulnerable people with serious conditions alive.

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