Clap for Our Carers: Video shows thousands of people in Wakefield show their thanks to NHS staff

Thousands of people in Wakefield showed their thanks to our NHS last night by taking part in the national Clap For Our Carers scheme.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 10:50 am
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 10:52 am

The project, shared widely on social media, encouraged people to show their thanks to NHS workers battling the coronavirus pandemic by hosting a national round of applause.

Videos from across Wakefield show thousands of people taking part in the project, with claps, cheers and even fireworks on display.

Take a look at the video above for just a glimpse at the thousands of people in Wakefield who took part.

Thousands of people in Wakefield showed their thanks to our NHS last night by taking part in the national Clap For Our Carers scheme. Left: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images. Right: Darren Powell

Meanwhile, Wakefield Town Hall was lit blue as part of the Light It Blue campaign, which recognises the doctors, nurses and staff who are helping protect the nation.

Gary White, who co-started the #lightitblue campaign, said: “The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.

“The best thing we can do - apart from staying at home - is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.

“We also feel a huge sense of responsibility for the mental wellbeing of many people within our industry who, having lost their jobs, are feeling anxious and confused about the future.

“We believe the #lightitblue campaign, inspired by the existing #clapforourcarers initiative, will galvanise their enthusiasm and pride in a mass gesture of solidarity.”