Business leaders back plans for one-off doorstep clap to mark the NHS’s 72nd birthday

BUSINESS leaders today back plans for the nation to unite behind a one-off doorstep clap to mark the NHS’s 72nd birthday.

In an open letter they joined calls for July 5 to become a day of thanks.

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Dragons Den star Peter Jones is among the 55 bosses who have signed the letter that hails the sacrifices of NHS frontline staff during the coronavirus emergency.

It reads: “These have been difficult times for us all and we have only survived because of them. But saying thanks is only the start.

“We know that this crisis will have long-lasting ramifications and the only way we will get through this is if we build on the community spirit we have nurtured in the last few months.”

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI said: “Covid-19 has undoubtedly hit some in society much harder than others.

"As businesses we recognise that we have a responsibility to all the communities in which we operate.

“Which is why we are committed not just to joining this moment of thanks but being part of a vitally important process going forward.”

The July 5 clap is being spearheaded by the Together campaign, a coalition of organisations. They hope it will be an annual event.

The original Thursday evening clap for carers lasted ten weeks and ended last month.

On July 4 the public will be asked to put a light in a window in memory of Covid-19 victims.


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