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Mar 26, 2020

Britain Just Broke Into A Round Of Applause For National Health Service Workers

The campaign to recognise the work of our carers went viral after Annemarie Plas, a yoga teacher from south London, posted a message on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Britain broke into a nationwide round of applause for National Health Service staff and care workers on Thursday night, after a viral campaign urged people to #clapforourcarers.

Hearing an entire city clap for the NHS from my window was really something quite special πŸ‘ #clapforourcarers

People were clapping for those working at the front line during the coronavirus outbreak all over the country, and it made for hugely moving scenes.

Wow that was a very special moment - the applause from the street, and our neighbours dog joining in too! A small gesture but a huge message - thank you #clapforNHS

The applause rang out β€” from the south coast...

So so happy I managed to get this on video, so unbelievable 😩 The sound of people across Portsmouth cheering for our amazing NHS ❀️ We appreciate all of your hard work always, especially during this sad time x #clapforourcarers #ClapForCarers #clapforNHS

...to Manchester...

I was really cynical about this clapping for the NHS thing but actually it was quite nice. We even had fireworks in Manchester.

...to Glasgow...

8 PM Gardner St, Glasgow. Wee surprise at the end πŸŽ† Thank you NHS staff!!! And for my mom working every day at her hospital over in New York πŸ₯ #clapforourcarers #clapforNHS #NHSheroes #COVID2019

...and London, and basically everywhere in between.

We appreciate you! Thank you!☺️ This is South London #clapforNHS

The #ClapForCarers heard out across London πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ #clapforNHS #clapforourcarers

So incredible! #clapforNHS! @NHSuk ❀️

Even on our quiet street, we still had a great turn out. A truly beautiful moment. Thank you NHS. πŸ’™ #clapforNHS

I can’t quite believe they actually did it. That was lovely. Thank you. #E20 #clapforourcarers #clapforNHS

Thank you NHS - from everyone at Channel 4 News #clapforourcarers

How sweet was that? Genuinely thought it would be so awkward but was the loveliest thing! Dad was out there banging a pot and pan whilst we all clappedπŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ½ #thankyounhs #clapforNHS

Celebrities including Cheryl, Ricky Gervais, and Victoria Beckham paid tribute to the campaign.

My god that was emotional! To hear my neighbours whooping/clapping and ringing bells πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜­πŸ™πŸΌβœ¨ the very, very least we can do to show a collective appreciation. #clapforNHS #clapforourcarers

Fucking hell. That was amazing. Could hear people clapping and chearing all around #clapforourcarers

And the prime minister and chancellor joined in too.

On behalf of the whole country, I want to thank all the incredible nurses, doctors, NHS support staff & carers who are working flat out to fight coronavirus πŸ‘ #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS To help them, and protect the NHS, we need everyone to stay at home #StayHomeSaveLives

Even the royal family got involved.

#ClapForOurCarers is an opportunity to show our thanks and appreciation for @NHS workers, volunteers and all those working on the frontline. Join in at 8pm tonight! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you. #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS

The idea came from Annemarie Plas, a yoga teacher from Brixton.

Help us spread the word!! #clapforourcarers

After her initial message went viral, she told Sky News: "It made me feel really warm inside that I wasn't the only one that felt like that.

"It's such a simple message and we take so many things for granted, and now all these freedoms and options are taken away from us, we start to realise [what we have]. It's a good time to show how thankful we are."

And the national gesture of support appears to have achieved what it set out to do...

That was emotional πŸ’™

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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