Clapping for NHS staff is back, however it has been renamed “Clap For Heroes”.
The COVID pandemic has put immense pressure NHS and other key workers. As a result, throughout the first lockdown the public adopted the gesture of clapping each Thursday night to show their gratitude.
At 8pm, live television was paused and an alert reminding people to clap was broadcasted.
The clapping event was also known as ‘Clap for Key Workers’ and ‘Clap for Carers’.
Annemarie Plas, founder of the initiative, is reintroducing the sentiment tomorrow night. This will be under the new name ‘Clap for Heroes’.
She believes this is a more inclusive name for all the heroes who have played their part throughout the pandemic.
Annemarie Plas halted the original gesture in May 2020, when she felt it was becoming politicised and negative.
There has been a lot of speculation about the return over Twitter:
I will continue to do whatever I can to support our heroes (NHS, teachers etc) but I will not #ClapForHeroes this time. It feels hollow when we have a Govt that ignores paying and treating them properly. I will chase MPs, sign petitions, argue where I can for better recognition
— Phil Collins (@PhilC273) January 6, 2021
Hearing clapping for Carers and NHS is returning
Oh god was my first thoughts
The frontline staff need more than just clapping
They need vaccination guarantees
A proper pay rise
Not hollow gestures like clapping#clapforheroes #nhspay15
— Hardeep #SuperCampaigner #NHS💙 (@Hardeep216) January 6, 2021
In my capacity as a nurse, I will say this with love, please don't clap for us. Instead put pressure on your mps to ensure we have adequate PPE, are vaccinated in a timely manner and have safe staffing levels.#clapforheroes
— The Cat Lady Gamer 🏳️🌈🏴 (@thecatladygamer) January 6, 2021
Instead of clapping, try:
Wearing a mask.
Keeping 2m apart.
No big parties.
Demand NHS pay rises.
Stop voting Tory.
— Roxy (@AnnoyedRoxy) January 6, 2021
Will you be clapping tomorrow night? Let us know @pieradiouk