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Clap for Carers to mark 72nd NHS birthday

Clap for Carers to mark 72nd NHS birthday

Published by May Norman at 6:52am 4th July 2020.

Main image: Nurses at Harrogate District Hospital wearing scrubs made by volunteers at Harrogate Scrubbers

BIGGEST Thank You ever!

  • The largest and loudest round of applause for NHS workers is expected across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale this weekend.
  • It's to mark 72 years since the start of the National Health Service.
  • The final Clap for Carers is due to take place at 5pm, on Sunday (5 July).

People across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being urged to come together for the ‘Biggest Thank You Ever’ to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

A cacophony of claps, cheers, drumming and fireworks became a familiar sound across North and West Yorkshire every Thursday evening for 10 weeks following 26 March as the public thanked the NHS and other key workers for their dedication during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The final Clap for Carers, which will be known as the ‘Biggest Thank You Ever,’ at 5pm on Sunday 5 July – the NHS’s birthday - will be the loudest yet to mark the milestone. 

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Firefighters applauding the NHS outside of the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate

NHS Charities Together is working with NHS England and the Together Coalition to coordinate plans for the NHS birthday on 5 July.

The Together Coalition was created by Brendan Cox, husband of murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, and unites organisations from across civil society, sport, business and faith to encourage greater connections within and between our communities.

Its members include Annemarie Plas, founder of Clap for Carers, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Tim Peake, Gary Lineker and NHS England Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens.

Harrogate District Hospital

In addition to the clap on 5 July, the Together Coalition is asking people to come together on Saturday 4 July to place a candle in their window to remember those who have tragically lost their lives to Coronavirus. 

NHS Charities Together has raised more than £130 million during its hugely successful Covid-19 Urgent Appeal to help acknowledge and support NHS staff, volunteers and patients.

The response from the public has been overwhelming and the money raised is being used right now by member NHS charities.