ITV will pause at 8pm tonight for Clap for our Carers as the nation praises the NHS – The Sun

ITV will pause its programming tonight to Clap for our Carers –  giving the nation a chance to pay tribute to the enduring efforts of the NHS and other key workers across the country once again.

Ahead of The Martin Lewis Money Show at 8pm, ITV will switch off the channel as the broadcaster urges members of the public to stand on their doorsteps and balconies – keeping a safe distance apart – and applaud our key health care workers.

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ITV’s regular programming will be replaced by idents specially created by ITV Creative, encouraging viewers to donate to NHS Charities Together.

The first Clap for our Carers took place last Thursday 26th March, and will now go ahead on a weekly basis.

Millions of people across the UK stood and clapped from their doorways in unison to honour staff and carers who have been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arch joined in as they were lit up blue throughout the tribute and the hashtag #LightItBlue highlighted it on Twitter.

ITV has also urged the public to share messages of support and love amongst one another, and check on neighbours at this time of isolation, through their landmark mental wellness campaign, Britain Get Talking, which continues throughout the month.

Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV, said “ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role – so we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers’ generosity.”

Annemarie Plas, the creator of the #ClapforourCarers movement in the UK, said “I am really delighted that ITV is backing the initiative to clap for all who there are out there taking care of us, and helping keep that Thursday 8pm moment alive.”

The decision comes after the UK coronavirus death toll shot up by 569 today to 2,961 people – including 44 with no underlying health conditions.

Positive cases for the deadly disease in the UK have also risen to 33,718 – up 4,244 from yesterday.

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