Could it be the last Clap for Carers tonight?

Today's clap for carers could be the last Credit: ITV News Central

Today's Clap for Carers - where people across the region and the country applaud to show their appreciation and admiration for key workers - might be the last in its current format.

The 8pm applause that has so far taken place regularly for the last 10 weeks could be coming to a halt after this week.

Annemarie Plas, the creator of the applause, who lives in South London, said she was "overwhelmed" by the support for the weekly ritual, but said it was better to stop when it was at "its peak."

She said: "I think it’s good to have the last of the series next Thursday, because to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak."

Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in South London, created the weekly 8pm Clap for Carers Credit: Handout/PA

Annemarie Plas has suggested resurrecting the clap in 2021 to mark a year since the coronavirus outbreak.

"Stopping clapping doesn’t mean we are not still appreciating them." "Some people will still want to carry on, so they should."

Annemarie Plas

Harvey, a young boy who goes to school in Rowley Regis has created to petition for an annual NHS Day to be created to show appreciation for our healthcare workers.

His petition currently has over 450 signatures.

The description of the petition, which is to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says "An annual NHS Day will help applaud, celebrate, appreciate and thank our NHS - something which has been very long overdue!"

"We want an annual National Health Service (NHS) Day to celebrate and honour our brilliant health care system and the expertise, efforts and the unconditional, selfless commitment of it's staff."

Excerpt from 'Annual National Health Service (NHS) Day' petition description

Sandwell Council has also recently shared their support of the petition on social media.

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