#OneMillionClaps coronavirus appeal featuring version of Queen classic ‘We Will Rock You’ will tonight launch to raise £5m for NHS when millions are set to clap on their doorsteps again
- Appeal will be promoted with short film voiced by comedian David Walliams
- New lyrics for Queen classic are ‘NHS we love you. We say, we say, thank you’
- The #OneMillionClaps is hoping at least one million people will donate £5
An urgent new appeal will today be launched in an attempt to raise millions of pounds to support NHS nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers.
NHS Charities Together hopes the #OneMillionClaps campaign will raise at least £5million.
The appeal will be launched this evening when millions of people are expected to once again step out onto their doorsteps and applaud those risking their lives on the front line.
The appeal will be promoted with a short film voiced by David Walliams and featuring NHS staff and people from across the UK.
In Manchester people are preparing to clap for the NHS by adorning their gardens with special health care scarecrows.
Staff at Royal Liverpool University Hosptial took part in last Thursday’s Clap for Carers. Tonight Brits will take part in the third nationwide round of applause for the heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic
This NHS nurse scarecrow has been adorned with its own uniform, protective mask and gloves in Greenfield, Manchester today.
The scarecrows are out in Greenfield, Manchester as part of its annual scarecrow parade.
NHS Charities Together’s video features a re-recording of the Queen classic We Will Rock You with the new lyrics: ‘NHS, We Love You. We Say, We Say, Thank You.’
#OneMillionClaps is part of National COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL, which was launched two weeks ago by NHS Charities Together – the official umbrella organisation for NHS charities.
The appeal asks people to donate £5 by texting the word ‘CLAP’ followed by any messages of support to 70507.
Each £5 donation will be used to provide a range of supplies and support for NHS staff and volunteers- including food, travel, accommodation and counselling.
Individual messages of support will be also forwarded to local NHS charities and sent to the donors’ local hospital.
The goal is to inspire at least a million people to donate £5 – meaning more than £5million will be raised for NHS staff in just one evening.
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together said: ‘Every single penny raised for nurses, doctors and NHS staff in this way will go to help those health service workers who are working so hard and risking so much to help us.
Boris Johnson stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street last Thursday to give his thanks to the NHS. It was the last time the PM has been seen in public since he was taken to hospital with coronavirus earlier this week
With Britain in its third week of lockdown, Greenfield residents couldn’t help but pay tribute to the hardworker NHS doctors and nurses during its annual scarecrow parade on Thursday
The Greenfield Scarecrow Parade on Thursday is promoting the hard work of the NHS and reminding locals to stay home during a spell of warm spring weather
Not all of Greenfield’s scarecrows are inspired by the NHS, some participants have gone for a more traditional look today (Thursday)
‘Thousands of staff are risking their lives every day for us and many of them are now sick themselves or at breaking point.
‘I really hope #OneMillionClaps inspires those who can to give a donation that will make a real difference to the amazing staff and volunteers who are daily saving lives and battling against this horribly virus on our behalf.
‘If we can raise £5 million tonight, it will go a long way to providing them and their families with the support they so desperately need.’
For the past two weeks millions of people across the country have stepped outside their homes or leant out of windows to cheer and clap NHS workers.
Last week the event, organised by the Clap For Our Carers campaign, was expanded to include all key workers, such as supermarket staff, the emergency services and teachers who are working through the coronavirus outbreak.