Clap for Carers widens the message for Lockdown 3

Clap for Carers returns at 8pm tonight under the new name of Clap for Heroes, aiming to lift spirits as the third lockdown gets under way.

The idea of clapping and banging pots from doorsteps began as a one-off to support NHS staff three days after the UK went into lockdown for the first time last March.

It was expanded to cover all key workers and continued every Thursday night for 10 weeks, with millions across the UK taking part.

The movement says that in what is hoped will become a weekly event again, Clap for Heroes will not only celebrate the NHS, care workers and key workers, but will also acknowledge every hero who has played their part through the pandemic, including everyone who has battled or is still battling COVID-19, or caring for a loved one who is unwell, and those loved ones and friends who have been tragically lost to the virus.