UK Holds Nationwide Clap on NHS’s 72nd Anniversary

The UK marked the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS with a nationwide clap on July 5. The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948, by Aneurin Bevan, the then health minister, to provide free healthcare nationwide. A statement on the NHS website said: “The whole country is invited to come together at 5 pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all. “Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others (following social distancing advice of course) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.” RAF College Cranwell posted footage on Facebook of their officers clapping in a formation to spell out the letters N-H-S. Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a statement thanking the NHS staff who treated him in hospital for COVID-19. “I am proud to be once again clapping for our heroic NHS staff, alongside Anne-Marie Plas who launched this inspirational initiative. I am also celebrating today with staff from St Thomas’ Hospital who, quite simply, saved my life. As we mark seventy-two years of the NHS, I want to say how thankful I am of this world leading institution.” Credit: RAF College Cranwell via Storyful

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Sport to pay tribute to National Health staff on 72nd anniversary

There have been messages of thanks to the NHS and key workers at various football grounds

Sports across England will pay tribute to NHS staff when the organisation marks its 72nd anniversary on Sunday.

The ‘Thank You Together’ moment will also be for key workers, good neighbours and others playing a part in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

It is scheduled for 17:00 BST on 5 July when people are being asked to applaud on their doorsteps.

Team GB and the Football Association are among the sporting bodies supporting the tribute.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, Rugby Football Union, Premier League, English Football League and Premiership Rugby are also marking the occasion.

“It is great to see football, along with cricket and rugby, coming together with the NHS, on its birthday, to thank all the key workers with one big final nationwide clap,” said BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

“Applaud all those who are working so hard and sacrificing so much to keep us all going throughout this period. But think about how we can all help come together and start to build even better communities and a country we can be even more proud of.”

How sport is paying tribute:

  • The FA will have a #ThankYouTogether mosaic on Wembley’s big screens over the weekend
  • Premier League and EFL matches this weekend will be preceded by a moment of applause
  • England’s Test series against West Indies will be named the #raisethebat series
  • England’s rugby union head coach Eddie Jones and his players will record a personal thank you message
  • Premiership Rugby players and coaches will also be recording personal thank you messages to key workers

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