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26 March 2020, 18:46 | Updated: 27 March 2020, 08:30
Classic FM joined its sister stations across Global to say a huge thank you to the people of the NHS, who are working tirelessly to try and protect us. We heard whoops and claps across the country – thank you.
The UK, and the rest of the world, is going through something that has never been seen ever before. The spread of coronavirus across the globe has forced us to stop doing things that for so long we’ve taken for granted for a long time.
The concerts of our favourite artists have been cancelled, sports have been postponed, and our favourite restaurants closed – we really have pressed pause on life as we know it here in the UK. We’re being asked to social distance, to self-isolate, and in some cases to not see our loved ones.
And although we might be self-isolation, we’re doing this together – to help protect the lives of everyone.
And yet throughout all of this, there are key groups of people whose lives aren’t on pause; people who are busier than ever. One of those groups are the people of the NHS who are working tirelessly to try and protect us.
They really are the unsung heroes of this country. And, even though this is only the beginning of what looks set to be a challenging and difficult few months, here at Classic FM we want them to know how much they are appreciated.
Which is why, tonight, we came together, for them.
You might have seen the hashtag #ClapForOurCarers trending on social media in the last few days. Tonight, we and the whole country took a minute out to Applaud Our NHS Heroes. And it was incredible to hear.
Went out to #clapforourcarers. Just me an Ange from across the road at first...and then, one by one, everyone came out to give thanks. Thank you NHS. Thank you carers. Thank you everyone on the frontline. Now back indoors where I belong.— Katie Breathwick (@Breathwick) 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.#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 26, 2020
The incredible Kanneh-Mason family are joining us tonight to applaud all the NHS workers who are doing such an important job. Be with all of us at 8pm on Classic FM as we #ClapForOurCarers pic.twitter.com/ksb1empSuE— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) March 26, 2020
Tears streaming down my bloody face! Remember this. Look after these wonderful people through all the better times. The NHS is only expensive until you remember how much we need it in our darkest days. Then it's priceless. #clapforNHS— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) March 26, 2020
At 8pm we stopped everything to put our hands together and make some noise for the doctors, nurses, carers, GP’s, pharmacists and all the NHS staff who are working hard to help those affected by coronavirus. And boy, did we make a noise!
Thank you to everyone who turned up your radio up and opened your windows and front doors, stood on your balconies or in your garden, and showed your support.