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Will you be joining in the Clap for Heroes on Thursday?

Clap for Carers set to return as ‘Clap for Heroes’

Clap for Carers looks set to return this Thursday at 8pm, under a new name.

Annemarie Plas, who came up with the weekly ritual that ran for 10 weeks during the first lockdown, tweeted that the tradition would be returning as Clap for Heroes.

She said: “We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown.

“I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us. Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share! #clapforheroes.”

Ms Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, came up with the “spontaneous idea” as a way to show support for frontline workers battling Covid-19, and thought it might end up being just her and a few friends sharing the moment on video chat.

However, it quickly became a national tradition every Thursday at 8pm during the first lockdown.

Millions of people across the UK lined their thresholds, gathered on pavements and stood in their gardens to support care staff and frontline workers.

Members of the royal family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined in with the show of support.

Will you be joining in with the Clap for Heroes or has it had its day? Will the dark, cold nights be a deterrent, or is it a great way to keep in touch with the outside world and encourage community spirit?  We’d love to hear your views.

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Northern Silver
6 days ago
1
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Anyone who is still working to provide a service of any kind is a hero! The rest of us should be grateful and support them all.
A friends daughter works on a till in a major supermarket. She says the staff get all sorts of abuse from shoppers, moaning about restrictions and things the staff cannot do anything about. Please, people - think before you moan.
viking
6 days ago
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Yes agree, ask any Aussie what their nick name is for people from the UK...................whinging Pom's !!!
swaneldo
15th Jan 2021
1
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Much as I sincerely respect and thank medical staff, I feel that there is an invisible army of workers who have continued to provide the country with food; post; deliveries; etc who are equally worthy of recognition. There are also millions of family carers who have quietly continued looking after their loved ones 24/7 with less and less support and no financial help. There are so many good people who keep us going, it's very difficult to highlight one area - I applaud everyone who has helped me and I keep a well stocked box of sweeties to thank any delivery person still battling through! As a full time carer myself, I truly could not have survived without them.
ElisabethR
13th Jan 2021
1
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The medical staff are under such pressure these days but I feel the clapping is 'done'
Having looked at how badly the NHS is being served by the NHS admin side and the way they are always carping for money I feel we need a great overhaul again as we did some 30/40 years ago. The top bids are paid fantastic sums to organise things...... So 21 forms to allow retired medics to give injections...... Couldn't organise ppe.... Which they should have had stocks of as standard.
Sorry people, rant over.
chari
13th Jan 2021
1
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Only if our govt like teh NZ one voluntarity accepts a pay cut of 20% for 6 months to help teh country and the NHS staff are given the pay rise this govt voted against earlier this year and last year and probably the year before(tho I havent checked that).
Rayot
12th Jan 2021
2
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Can you imagine what it must be like to go to a job that may kill you ? For the same pay, you have to go to work knowing that you may catch a deadly virus. Or you may bring home a virus that kills your family.

Your chances of dying are higher than those of a bomb-disposal expert.

Pay them for their courage.
shrew1742
11th Jan 2021
2
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The weekly clapping was a gesture of our thanks to the NHS and all other essential workers for all their hard work. I think the point was made and judging by the responses from those workers it was very much appreciated. It just will not be the same second time around, and, if they don't know by now, those essential workers know that the majority of people 100% appreciate what they do.

Once society eventually gets to grip with COV19 then will be the time for everyone to put pressure on the Government to give those who need it a decent salary ( especially the nurses & doctors on the front line, in COV19 wards ). Personally I think they need a medal too.

Last time our street had loads of 'clappers'. I was informed that this time only one person clapped.
BTowse
10th Jan 2021
4
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The NHS and other key workers need more than us clapping for them. They have been coping with the strain caused by the pandemic for months. The government needs to find ways to ensure they receive the resources they need and appropriate pay levels to reward them for their service.
NickiNoodles
10th Jan 2021
1
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Clapping hurts no-one but if it is appreciated by just one person I'll do it.
To the people who can't be bothered and say it's too late or too cold - I hope they never get the virus because there are people bothering, working and putting themselves at risk daily possibly to help you.
Yes the nurses and doctors should be paid more and hopefully when things are better we can use our voices then to make that happen.
Until then, stay in (unless you're out clapping on a Thursday!)
Valleyman
9th Jan 2021
7
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The first time round I thought it was a nice communal idea, even if it did create some peer pressure and unpleasantness from the few. But it's had its day. Pay the nurses more.
viking
9th Jan 2021
5
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Unfortunately here in the UK, because Nursing Staff quite often will say that " they don't do the job for the money " , politicians seem to think that they are then able to save " a penny or two " by not paying the NHS front line staff etc., a proper living wage commensurate with the work they are expected to carry out.
Once again politicians of both parties, instead of just clapping can think themselves lucky to have a workforce, being underpaid, but still staying true to their principles.
Sorry CiaoP, but this is not a health issue as you suggest but has become a political one as MP's seem to think that by just joining in with the clapping, this absolves them from addressing the issue of proper remuneration.
Sammidog
9th Jan 2021
7
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They should be given a decent pay rise. Claps don’t pay bills.
Doodle56
8th Jan 2021
2
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In the summer it was easy for most people and it was a social and community activity but in the middle of winter in the dark and cold it is not a good idea
purrmandy
8th Jan 2021
7
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As a key worker we do not want claps we want money in our pay packets to pay our bills and put food on our tables.

Matthew Tovey via Change.org
Claps don't pay the bills - give all NHS workers a 15% pay rise #NHSPay15 Check it out and leave a comment:
CiaoP
8th Jan 2021
2
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Shouldnt that read "Thanks for showing your appreciation by clapping..but could you also write to your MP and ask for more money for us as we are working like dogs and not getting paid enough for it..."
Tombola
8th Jan 2021
2
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Just obey the rules.Most clappers are just attention seekers.
willeyc
8th Jan 2021
4
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i am a governor and a volentier with the nhs and i think all the medical staff are pushed to the limets and not rewarded enough for all that they do
CiaoP
8th Jan 2021
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Well done..
but please learn to spell properly as it doesnt inspire much confidence..
willeyc
9th Jan 2021
9
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after 4 strokes i do have problems with how i spell and i dont have confidence when i get picked up on it
Raycblue
9th Jan 2021
-2
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So presumably if they got the pay rise suggested they would still be 'pushed to the limits'.
banyan21
8th Jan 2021
10
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No sorry , It was a lovely thing to do first time round but i'm sure now all they want is for everyone to adhere to the rules ,stay in ,stay safe
Llynfi
8th Jan 2021
6
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I have every admiration & respect for the NHS staff. But they need a salary increase not applause. Also, a lot that were applauding last year were at the beach also, it was just a bit of a diversion rather than heartfelt. We can thank all our frontline workers by obeying the rules.
123Siobhan
8th Jan 2021
4
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Sorry but no, when this first started it was brilliant and gave a sense of community and we are all in this together. Then it was taken over by the politicians who have been monumentally stupid in the way they have handled this pandemic here in this country, They have discounted scientific facts. They let London off the same lockdowns as the rest of the country resulting in an even more virulent strain. They are incompetent in the delivery of the vaccines contradicting how it should be delivered. If the people who developed it say 4 weeks between innoculations that is what it should be. Extending it to 12 weeks gives the virus chance to mutate and become immune to the vaccine. I feel so sorry for those people labouring in the Health service in what ever job. Please remember it is not just about Doctors and Nurses, they cannot Function without the many other jobs done in the NHS. I do hope that once this is all over that people will remember the workers in the NHS and attend or ring and cancel appointments, stop being abusive to NHS staff, stop abusing the NHS we are so lucky to have it and the danger is that more and more of it is being sold off behind closed doors to politicians friends and family.
CiaoP
8th Jan 2021
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Erm I think your comments are meant for the political propaganda section.
This is the health section.
123Siobhan
9th Jan 2021
2
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Sorry but no, worked in the NHS at the front for 28 years so feel I am fully qualified to comment on why I will not be clapping. I do notice that it is not only me you disagree with but also that you are incredibly cruel to other commentators.
Dallylady
8th Jan 2021
2
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This was a decent idea at first until it was adopted by politicians and became virtue signalling. Far better to appreciate our emergency services/carers/NHS staff/Council employees by keeping to the safety rules and lobbying for decent pay.
KLR
8th Jan 2021
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The NHS is failing in its principal duty- I never thought much of it before COVID and the idea of clapping for an institution that has failed to prevent the deaths of so many people is anathema.
Jeremy Hunt keeps popping up purportedly to challenge the way the pandemic is being handled but he was responsible for the NHS for many years prior to Matt Hancock and obviously failed to provide it with what it needed.
Catton
8th Jan 2021
1
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Last night we had black ice and today heavy snow. The temperature was -4. So too cold and dark to be out.

Much as staying in at home is hard , doing that is more important.
TM63
8th Jan 2021
6
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It's an insult to just applaud these heroes. It should be reflected in their wages instead
SILVER78
8th Jan 2021
5
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I agree 100%. The only decent way to repay their hard work.
MaureenB6
8th Jan 2021
0
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Sorry it is too late in the evening in Winter
CeliaO4
8th Jan 2021
5
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Just follow the rules that would be of more use
jeandiane
8th Jan 2021
1
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I don’t think it will be as popular as before
People sticking to the Lockdown rules would be more beneficial
SueC62
8th Jan 2021
6
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Standing on your doorstep or, as I've seen others do, gathering with others in the street to clap does absolutely nothing to truly appreciate any of our key workers. Doing everything we can to minimise contact with other, wearing masks when in public and being mindful of hand sanitising is the only way to show our appreciation.
Tizzy55
8th Jan 2021
3
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I think it has had its day - the way we can show our appreciation for everyone who has to work during these times is by staying at home not congregating outside and catching cold!
maisie59
8th Jan 2021
5
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I put a light in the window instead. It's too cold to be outside clapping. I believe care staff deserve a decent pay rise & the equipment they need
GinaB8
8th Jan 2021
10
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I think that the health care workers would be a lot happier if we followed the rules and didn't go out and mix with others not from our household/bubble.
For all the other key workers (including my son), I am very grateful for all their efforts and hope that they all stay safe
CherylS9
8th Jan 2021
7
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I willingly clapped every time when it happened last time. However, I have seen far too many comments from health workers, especially Doctors and Nurses in the NHS, saying they would prefer that we just do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe instead, so I will not be clapping this time. Huge thanks are due to all our healthcare workers, and all the other folk who are carrying on working to ensure essential services and supplies, and I am very grateful.
viking
7th Jan 2021
3
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Perhaps suspend the "foreign aid " programme for 6 months, and use that money to give all NHS workers a worthwhile bonus to show this government 's appreciation of their work. And make it tax free as well !!
Rayot
12th Jan 2021
0
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There are many very poor countries that benefit from the British help. We are the sixth richest country in the world. Let`s not reduce our help to others when they also need it.

You must see the joke ! We have a problem with EATING TOO MUCH. Many of our poor are over-weight, can afford to smoke, have tattoos, studs, smart phones, pay-for television, buy the meals for their kids from MacDonald's !!!

WE DON`T KNOW WE`RE BORN. WE THROW AWAY 20% OF OUR FOOD:

Please re-assure me that in my dotage I am not going mad !
ecarg
7th Jan 2021
3
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The best way we can show our appreciation of health care workers is to strictly adhere to the stay safe rules and reduce their work load..
Clapping for the NHS was good for communities , I met new neighbours for instance but now these links have been established they can be maintained in other ways
TessaJ
6th Jan 2021
6
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I think the novelty of this has worn thin, I think it's no longer truelly meant, so many bad vibes, covid disbelievers etc I think a lot of people do it for the fun and don't carry on being careful,
I think it hypocritical to do it the government did not give care staff etc a pay rise !!! They are risking their lives in their jobs . Wonderful people completely kicked in the face.
JE
6th Jan 2021
3
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It was a good idea when it started but I agree that it’s had it’s day.. If I was a key worker I don’t think that I would feel any satisfaction in having people clapping, much of which you would be completely unaware of anyway. The key workers need far more recognition than clapping.
Aileen 64
6th Jan 2021
1
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We clapped every Thursday in 're previous Clap for Carers. As we have family who runs Care Home and also a Nurse who works for The NHS. They deserve to be recognised as they are workings hours to keep their residents and patients safe. They do not receive 'the recognition they deserve.
Wilf
6th Jan 2021
1
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I agree with you that its a great idea and they all need to receive as much positive recognition as possible.
Munsterlander
6th Jan 2021
1
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Yes of course it's a wonderful idea. They are our saviors in these very difficult times.
LIBS130
6th Jan 2021
4
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I feel this time round it is an empty gesture - insulting even. Better to find a way to demonstrate to the government that they need to firstly, vaccinate all the heroes then pay them properly.

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