As the sound of tonight’s final Clap for Carers fills the air, one local NHS Trust is returning the compliment of the last ten weeks. They are sharing a round of applause back to the country that has showed so much heart-warming support.
Staff from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have recorded their own Clap for the Country video.
Clap for the country – our thank you video
Thank you. Our Communities. Our Tees Valley.
Staff from across the Trust can be seen and heard voicing their thanks. All for the ongoing support the general public has shown.
The video of staff from all areas of the Trust giving the country a round of applause will be posted to the Trust’s social media accounts at 8pm this evening.
Julie Gillon, Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The support of the public so far has been incredible.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of goodwill and generous donations. The weekly clap for key workers has been the icing on the cake.
“I’ve spoken to staff who have been incredibly moved by the show of support from all over the country.
“We wanted to pay that love back so we recorded our video returning that show of appreciation.
“The country clapped for us, now we clap for you.”
The Trust is reminding people that while some restrictions to the COVID-19 lockdown are being eased, the key message of physical distancing and regular, thorough hand washing has not changed.
Julie continued: “Our staff have been heroic in their work caring for patients with COVID-19. But please make no mistake, this is not yet over.
“We ask that people continue to protect the NHS by continuing to stay home and to practice physical distancing on essential trips out of the house.
“Handwashing is also essential. Therefore, don’t let any new good habits fall by the wayside.
“As the applause fades, our work continues. Please help us to help you. Do all you can to make sure you and your loved ones are protected from the virus.”
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust recently launched its #HaveAHeartStayApart campaign. The campaign uses everyday objects such as beds and shopping trolleys and even James Arthur records to illustrate the required two metre gap while outside the home.
Staff have also recorded videos appealing for people to stay home.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds will be hosting the Clap for the Country.