The Clap for our Carers campaign will bring together the nation tonight to thank NHS workers who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic. 

At 8pm, everyone is invited to applaud those looking after our loved ones from their windows, doorsteps or balconies. 

The message is circulating widely on social media and hundreds of thousands of people across the city are expected to take part. 

The idea to Clap for Our Carers came from Annemarie Plas, a 36 year-old Regional Sales Director and part-time yoga instructor living in Streatham. 

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She told the Glasgow Times: "I decided to set up the UK version of #ClapForOurCarers last Friday after seeing similar campaigns in France, Spain and in my home country of The Netherlands.

"As the health services in the UK are so stretched of late, due to budget cuts and such like, I wanted to shine a light on the incredible work that the key workers are doing here.

"It is hard to say how far its gone but i've I have received messages from all over the UK and there has been around 5,000 hashtags on Instagram.

"The website was set up in 24 hours and since then the response has been incredible. It's hugely exciting to see so many people get behind #ClapForOurCarers. We have definitely recruited our friends and neighbours, who have all been amazing at spreading the word."

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According to Annemarie, tonight's round of applause will not be the last - she is aiming for a weekly round of applause. 

"Hopefully we can do this every Thursday until the end of May - or sooner" Annemarie added, "when the situation is settled and the NHS can have some rest."

If you join in with tonight's round of applause, send us your pictures and videos at or message them to our Facebook by clicking here. Tag with #ClapForOurCarers.