Final clap for NHS heroes

Henrietta Brewer
July 7, 2020

"Clap For Carers" is set to return in Milton Keynes this evening to mark the 72nd anniversary since the founding of the NHS.

The NHS was founded on 5th July 1948 and has been serving the United Kingdom ever since.

People across the United Kingdom have joined in a round of applause to mark the 72nd anniversary of the free-to-use National Health Service, one of the country's most cherished institutions.

It was founded by Annemarie Plas with people all across the country taking part each week.

The public are being encouraged to clap at 17:00 for carers who helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The current pandemic means that the NHS - and the entire country - has been through the most testing time in the service's history".

Prince Charles sent a message thanking "our remarkably selfless nurses, doctors, paramedics and countless other staff".

"When the events and entertainment industry initially found itself without work due to COVID-19, we wanted to harness our collective skills to thank both the NHS and key workers during this pandemic", said organiser Gary White.

'So, it's very personal for me and I'm very grateful to the NHS and my mum was very grateful, she loved the NHS through the many decades that she absolutely depended on them'.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas, who started the Clap For Our Carers movement, applaud outside 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 5, 2020.

On Saturday, many United Kingdom landmarks were lit up blue in celebration and remembrance, including Downing Street, the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch being illuminated and a minute's silence being held to remember the almost 44,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The nationwide clap has been organised following a letter from the Together coalition, in which influential figures including NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby voiced their support for making July 5 an official day of commemoration. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you".

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