Saturday Night Takeaway hosts Ant and Dec have joined the likes of Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn and I'm a Celeb's Roman Kemp in showing their support for the NHS tonight (March 26) as part of the Clap For Carers campaign.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Britain and around the world, a campaign was launched asking the public to stand together at 8pm tonight and applaud to thank NHS staff working on the frontline to battle the pandemic.
And among those taking part in the mass round of applause and sharing their support on social media were a number of famous faces – and even some adorable royal ones too.
"AMAZING!!!" Ant and Dec shared on Twitter after the 8pm applause, while Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley took a moment to share how proud she felt that the country came together in this one moment.
"After all the division, after all the point scoring, after everything. I feel so proud of this country and so united," she added.
Meanwhile, Roman Kemp said: "After England beat Colombia on penalties, I didn't think I could be more proud of my country. Tonight i was proven wrong."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared their gesture of support in a video featuring their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, clapping.
To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 26, 2020
"To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you," the Kensington Palace Twitter page wrote.
And you can see more reactions below:
We were clapping for my mum as well, who is caring for my dad all alone x it really was beautiful— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) March 26, 2020
After England beat Colombia on penalties, I didn’t think I could be more proud of my country. Tonight i was proven wrong 💙 #clapforourcarers— Roman Kemp (@romankemp) March 26, 2020
Completely isolated yet never felt so connected. Incredible. #clapforourcarers— Emily Atack (@EmAtack) March 26, 2020
After all the division, after all the point scoring, after everything.— Stacey Dooley (@StaceyDooley) March 26, 2020
I feel so proud of this country and so united 🤍
I stupidly thought I’d feel like a lemon clapping on my own outside, but I opened the door to find most of my neighbours outside, clapping & cheering! My wife & I felt so moved. Thank you NHS staff!#clapforourcarers #clapforNHS #ClapForCarers— blake harrison (@blakeharrison23) March 26, 2020
Well that was emotional. I reckon we should do it every Thursday. Thank you to every single person who works for the NHS. We don’t deserve you. You bloody wonderful humans 🖤 #clapforourcarers— Lucy Fallon (@lufallon) March 26, 2020
The #ClapForOurCarers hashtag also documented the public sharing their thanks to the EMS workers currently on duty, as well as shows of support to all the key workers helping the country get through this crisis.
Our officers were able to take time out this evening to show their appreciation for colleagues in the NHS. Thank you for everything that you do and for working so hard to keep us safe #ClapForNHS #KeepingPeopleSafe pic.twitter.com/JfXo1f75QU— Moray Police (@MorayPolice) March 26, 2020
All available #ERTA officers from @MPSKingston & @MPSRichmond have been to @KingstonHospNHS as part of #clapforNHS, to show our appreciation for all they and @Ldn_Ambulance are doing at this difficult time. #ThankYou also to the wider @NHSuk staff & all #keyworkers. #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/7RQr567m1I— Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) March 26, 2020
It's not the only community gesture that Britain has seen in the wake of the pandemic either, as EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley recently shared a video of the neighbourhood singalong she arranged for her 95-year-old neighbour's birthday.
Meanwhile, some of the young stars of Emmerdale and Coronation Street have offered to send a "pick-me-up message" to lonely individuals who are self-isolating away from friends and family at the moment, while former Love Island star Montana Brown has confirmed she's one of the more than 600,000 people who've volunteered to help the NHS too.
The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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