The Clap for Carers is to return tomorrow night but with a brand new name – Clap for Heroes.
The original clap for carers lasted for ten weeks during the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic.
Founder Annemarie Plas tweeted: “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”
Clap For Our Carers, the official Thursday 8pm applause is back this week for ‘Lockdown 3’ this time we are widening the message to show appreciation for all our heroes!
Join in and #clapforheros tomorrow night! 👏💙 pic.twitter.com/M0gezNisnA
— Clap For Heroes (@Clapforheroesuk) January 6, 2021
However, not everyone has responded positively to the news.
Journalist Sonia Poulton tweeted: “‘Clap for Carers’ has become ‘Clap for Heroes’ and they’re expecting us back out on our doorsteps this week. I shall not be clapping. Not because I don’t respect the NHS – I do – but because I am tired of empty gestures when the NHS is starved of both staff and equipment.”
Social Chain founder Dominic McGregor said: “Im sorry but I do not want to see #ClapForCarers to come back. I have a number of family and friends working on the frontline and this just isn’t something that’s needed.”
One person said on Twitter: “No. The mood of the nation is not up for this. People are losing their jobs, their homes, their lives to cancelled hospital appointments etc and suicides. Some compassion for each other seems more apt right now.”
Many people have taken to social media to praise the return, many of which suggested that the clap is a good way for children to understand and appreciate what is happening.
One person tweeted: “This is fantastic, I’m pleased that we can go outside and clap for everyone of them who is making such a great sacrifice, they all deserved to be clapped every Thursday night!”