Clap for our Carers - how South Tyneside residents can take part in a national round of applause for NHS workers

South Tyneside residents are being encouraged to take part in a national display of appreciation for our NHS workers and carers.

On Thursday, March 26 at 8pm people up and down the country will take part in a round of applause for NHS staff working tirelessly to cope with the coronavirus public health crisis.

The national Clap for our Carers campaign aims to get as many people as possible to join in, wherever they are, to show the country’s appreciation for everyone who is battling Covid-19 on the frontline.

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Those who are self-isolating can join in from their front door, in their garden, on their balconies or even through open windows.

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields.

Believed to have been started by a Dutch doctor based in London, the campaign follows those which have already taken place in other European countries including Spain, France and the Netherlands as Covid-19 spread over the last few weeks.

There are now more than 350,000 cases worldwide and more than 15,000 people have died.

Clap for Our Carers has been backed by celebrities including North East star Cheryl Cole and David and Victoria Beckham.

A number of South Tyneside community groups have now urged local residents to take part.

A post sharing the campaign in the South Shields Residents Group Facebook group said: “Lets all head out into our gardens and to our front doors and fill the streets of South Shields with a huge round of applause for our tireless and caring NHS workers and show our appreciation for all their hard work.

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“Please spread the word and let us all stand in solidarity in what is the most serious pandemic we’ve suffered in modern day society.”

Meanwhile South Shields Community Warriors - who are collecting donations for ICU nurses at South Tyneside District Hospital - have also got behind the event.

Chair Joseph Langley said: “It would be good to get as many people as possible outside their front door or in their back garden, to make a bit of noise for the NHS.”

If anyone has ideas about how they would like to help others over the coming months, contact the South Shields Community Warriors Facebook page.