Clap for Carers returns this week under the new name 'Clap for Heroes'

Throughout 2020, millions of people across the UK showed their appreciation for NHS staff and keyworkers by standing on their doorsteps and applauding.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 2:23 pm

Now, Clap for Carers looks set to return under a new name ‘Clap for Heroes’.

Annemarie Plas, the woman who came up with the weekly ritual that ran during the first lockdown, took to social media this morning (Wednesday) to confirm that it will return at 8pm this Thursday (January 7).

This time, rather than just focusing on carers, the message will now be widened to acknowledge all those who have played their part through the pandemic, not just health workers.

Annemarie 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.”

The idea of clapping and banging pots from doorsteps, windows and balconies, started as a one-off to support NHS staff on March 26 last year, three days after the first national ockdown.

After proving popular it was expanded to cover all key workers and took place every Thursday for 10 weeks.

Clap for Carers looks set to return under a new name ‘Clap for Heroes. (GettyImages)

Millions of people took part across the country, including members of the Royal Family and politicians including Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined in.