Clap for carers: UK pays tribute to key workers for tenth and possibly final week

Event organiser among those to suggest weekly celebration of frontline staff should now come to an end

Friday 29 May 2020 02:28
Londoners clap for carers one last time

The weekly clap for carers event has swept the UK, a tribute that its organiser said will be the last of its kind.

The 10th event, which has taken place every Thursday since March 26, has seen millions of people across the UK line up at their doors and pavements to demonstrate their support for care staff and frontline workers.

While the event has seen widespread weekly support, organiser Annemarie Plas said that this Thursday’s event is likely to be the last, as “it is good to stop it at its peak”.

“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised,” she said.

“I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.”

The prime minister, who took part in the event on the steps of No 10, said NHS staff working during the pandemic are “selfless”.

Posting a video of his clap on Twitter, Boris Johnson wrote: “Today’s clap for carers marks 10 weeks of celebrating our wonderful NHS and carers in this way.

“I want to thank each and every one of our wonderful NHS and care workers for the incredible, selfless work they do to look after us all.”

Several MPs have expressed support for the final clap for carers event, with Labour’s Angela Rayner calling for a “loud rowdy” tribute.

“It’s the final £ClapForCarers tonight at 8pm, let’s make it a loud rowdy one,” she wrote on Twitter.

“They have been tremendous during this coronavirus pandemic along with so many other key workers caring for the many. Some have sadly died whilst caring for us all and we shall never forget them.”

Along with widespread support, some NHS staff have expressed mixed feelings about the tribute, with some indicating that it does not go far enough to help health workers during the pandemic.

NHS doctor Meenal Viz said on Twitter: “As a doctor, I’ve appreciated your support during clap for carers.

“But instead of clapping tonight at 8pm, I’ll observe silence in remembrance of my 237 colleagues who have died during the pandemic.”

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