Some of the UK’s biggest sporting venues, including Wembley and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, have been lit up blue to pay tribute to the NHS, while a number of stars took part in Clap for Carers
The UK turned into a beacon of blue as a host of sporting venues were lit up in tribute to the NHS.
And a host of sport stars, including ex-England captain David Beckham and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, took part in ‘Clap for Carers’.
Arenas including Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Wolves’ Molineux and Bristol City’s Ashton Gate were illuminated at 8pm as a salute to the NHS and the courageous efforts of everyone involved in our nation’s healthcare system.
The ‘Clap for Carers’ campaign has been encouraging people across the UK to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle coronavirus (COVID-19).
The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.
Other venues lit up included the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Cathedral, Belfast Titanic Signature Building, The National Theatre and Metro Radio in Newcastle.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was among the sporting stars who took part in #ClapForOurCarers, sharing a video of himself applauding NHS staff on social media.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid ace Beckham did likewise, alongside his kids, while wife Victoria filmed and narrated.
The Instagram post declared: “Happy to be able to come together with the whole country to thank the brave healthcare workers and our brilliant NHS working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19”.
A number of clubs also took to social media to pay tribute including Premier League leaders Liverpool, with the champions-elect describing healthcare
workers as “heroes”.
Gary White, who co-started the #lightitblue campaign commented: “The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.
“The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.”
All organisations involved in the #lightitblue campaign are acting on a pro bono basis.
The event comes as Watford captain Troy Deeney hit out at so-called covidiots who are ignoring government instructions to stay indoors.
Deeney, a father of three, is alarmed at those people who seem to be ignoring the guidelines about staying at home unless they are buying essentials, exercising or fulfilling a role as a key worker.
“We’ve all got to stay at home and follow the government guidelines,” Deeney told Watford’s official website.
“How many more warnings do we need? They said they’ll pay 80 per cent of wages and people are still going to work.
“It’s going to have to go like Russia where if you go outside, it’s five years in jail.
“Some are seeing it as a bit of a jolly-up and it’s a shame because it could affect so many.
“You’ve got to hope people see the curve in Italy and Spain and get (the severity) of it.”