Back in March last year, millions of people all over the United Kingdom stood outside their front doors every Thursday to cheer for the NHS.
“Clap for Carers” lasted three months, and families came out of their houses every week without fail to show their support for carers everywhere.
In May, the founder of the campaign, Annemarie Plas, announced that the ritual should come to an end, suggesting it would be “good to stop it at its peak.”
However, amidst a third national lockdown, Annemarie has annnounced that Clap for Carers will be coming back, though this time, it will be called “Clap for Heroes.”
Who is Annemarie Plas?
Annemarie Plas is the founder of the Clap for Carers campaign, which took place last year from March to May.
“Clap for Carers” began on March 26th, where millions of people all over the UK stood outside of their front doors and cheered for NHS workers and carers.
Annemarie, a 36 year-old Dutch national living in London, said: “I never would have thought that this would have got to the heights that it is today, or how everybody made it their own… It has gone further than I could have imagined.”
In May, Annemarie suggested that the Clap for Carers campaign should come to an end, saying:
“I think it’s good to have the last of the series next Thursday, because to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.”
“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised. I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.”
Clap for Heroes to return in the UK
On January 6th, Annemarie announced the return of Clap for Carers on Twitter. She wrote:
“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!”
This time, AnneMarie suggested the campaign be called “Clap for Heroes” to show support for homeschooling parents, carers, teachers, and everybody trying their best throughout these tough times.