WATCH: The UK unites to applaud NHS in Clap For Our Carers campaign
26 March 2020, 19:26 | Updated: 26 March 2020, 22:24
See the moving moment which saw people from across the nation join together in a wave of positivity to thank our NHS heroes.
The United Kingdom joined forces to show appreciation for those working in the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.
People from across the nation opened their doors and windows and took to the streets to take part in the Clap For Our Carers campaign, which saw everyone applaud for a full minute on Thursday 26 March at 8pm, to show their appreciation for health workers on the frontline of the pandemic.
Clapping, cheering and fireworks could be heard in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as celebrities and ordinary members of the public joined in to thank the NHS.
See some of the emotional responses here.
A rumble of applause could be heard at the London Ambulance headquarters in Waterloo
Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil showed his gratitude:
Presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness showed his appreciation while clapping from his home
Liam Gallagher wrote: "Amazing scenes NHS we fucking love and adore you all LG x"
Amazing scenes NHS we fucking love and adore you all LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2020
Radio X's own Chris Moyles reported on the sights and sounds from his home:
Delighted to say loads of neighbours were outside clapping, cheering, whistling and even banging pans to make noise for our amazing, brilliant and brave NHS workers. Thank you for everything you do for us.#clapforNHS— Chris Moyles (@ChrisMoyles) March 26, 2020
This video came from the Welsh government:
Courteeners frontman Liam Fray wrote to thank the NHS for everything they "ALWAYS do".
Emotional that. Heroes @NHSuk— Liam Fray (@What_Liam_Said) March 26, 2020
Thank you for everything that u are doing. The strength & bravery you are all showing is nothing short of incredible. I don't know how you do it
But, Thank U for everything that you ALWAYS do. Nt just these past few weeks, but every day
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi sent "all the love" to the charers:
That was beautiful. Our whole street. My lovely neighbours. All the love to our carers #clapforNHS— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) March 26, 2020
Alastair Campbell shared a very Scottish tribute.
Shaun of the Dead creator Simon Pegg clapped with one hand as he thanked the NHS while holding his phone:
His Cornetto Trilogy co-creator Edgar Wright joined in.
Les Dennis added his reponse.
#clapforNHS was so emotional and uplifting. Thank you all you lovely angels.— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) March 26, 2020
Scenes such as these reverberated across the nation:
This is absolutely beautiful.— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) March 26, 2020
Beautiful act done for the people,
By the people of this country.
This is from London,
But I managed to open my window & clap loud
The first air in 12 days
But I can feel it,
only thanks to the NHS.#clapforourcarers pic.twitter.com/RdIYatQ2Aq
Watch Chris Moyles' impassioned speech on the NHS earlier this week:
Addressing his listeners he said: "The UK – and the rest of the world – are going through something, the likes of which has never been seen ever before... as everybody is well aware.
"The spread of coronavirus across the globe has forced us to stop doing things that for so long we’ve taken for granted. Our favourite sports have been postponed, gigs and concerts cancelled, our favourite restaurants, and now shops - all closed.
"We have pressed pause on life as we know it here in the UK."
Moyles continued: "We've being asked to social distance and to self-isolate, and in some cases to not see our loved ones. And although we might be alone, we’re doing this all together to help protect the lives of everybody.
"Yet - throughout all this, there are key groups of people whose lives aren’t on pause – in fact, they’re busier than they've ever been.
"One of those groups are the men and women of the National Health Service. The amazing NHS who are working tirelessly to try and protect us, all of the people in the UK.
The breakfast presenter added: "Everybody here at Radio X and everybody listening – we want them to know how much they are appreciated.
"Which is why this Thursday we’re going to come together for them. […] We’ll stop everything to take one minute to put our hands together and make some noise for doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and everybody who works for the NHS - the staff who are working hard to help those affected by coronavirus and we want you to do it too.
"You might already be planning on doing it. Tiff [Chris’ partner] talked to me about this a couple of days ago and said ‘we are definitely doing this’.
"So, Radio X, on Thursday night at 8pm. Turn your radio up, open your windows, open your front doors, stand on your balcony, get into your garden if you’ve got a little garden and show your support. For one minute, just clap and cheer and make noise and show all these amazing NHS people that we appreciate everything that they’re doing for us. Join us to create a wave of positivity for all our friends in the NHS and let’s really make a difference as we applaud our NHS heroes.
"Now, I think this is a really lovely thing to do, and if you work for the NHS and you finish a 32-hour shift and get home at a minute to 8pm, it might just push you over the edge into a big emotional ball but we just want to say thank you.
"So everybody, on Thursday evening at 8pm, even if you’re just sat on your sofa, just start clapping. If you can lean out of a window, if you’ve got a garden, if you’ve got a front door and it’s safe to do so.
"We can self isolate and we can make a lot of noise for everybody in the NHS who is working so, so hard. Chances are you know somebody who’s doing it, I know many, many people who work in the NHS […] It affects all of us.
"So Thursday, 8 o’clock at night, we’re going to make some noise for thousands - thousands and thousands - of people that we’ll probably never meet, but just to say thank you for everything that they are doing for us. Thursday night. Eight o’clock.
"Let’s clap for our carers.