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Call for national round of applause for country’s carers

Heartfelt thanks: A banner supports NHS staff outside Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester PICTURE: GETTY

MILLIONS are being asked to take part in a nationwide round of applause for Britain’s hard-pressed health workers.

The #ClapForOurCarers on Thursday evening follows symbolic statements in France, Italy and the Netherlands. Organisers hope to harness the community spirit that has seen people taking to their balconies or opening windows to sing together. Here, people are invited to applaud from their windows or doorsteps at 8pm. Stars backing the event include David and Victoria Beckham, pop singer Cheryl and presenter Stacey Dooley.

They shared a campaign post praising NHS staff, saying: ‘They need to know we are grateful. Please join us on 26th March at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all the nurses, doctors, GPs, and carers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against the virus.’