Bristol united tonight (Thursday) once again to a say a heartfelt thank you to everyone risking their lives working on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis.
This week’s Clap for Carers was particularly poignant for NHS workers at Southmead Hospital who applauded a very special colleague who died this week.
Maureen Ellington, a healthcare assistant, passed away in the early hours of Easter Sunday (April 12).
Maureen, who was in her early 60s, had worked for the NHS for over 25 years and was a member of numerous teams within North Bristol NHS Trust, at both Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals.
Her devastated family, friends and colleagues dedicated tonight’s tribute to her.
It was the fourth time in as many weeks Bristol thanked our NHS and key worker heroes.
And many of you shared videos of the event on Bristol Live’s Facebook page.
From Zumba in St Anne’s to pot banging in Stottbury Road and a man playing the saxophone, the event was another huge success.
There was also lots of car horn’s beeping and fireworks being let off during the weekly tribute which is designed to show solidarity to key workers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined the nation from his country home in Chequers, where he is recovering.
A No10 spokesman said: “Like millions of people across the country, the Prime Minister joined in the clap for carers this evening, to say thank you for the incredible efforts of the country’s doctors, nurses and care workers.”
Clap for our Carers creator, Annemarie Plas, first had the idea after seeing footage of a similar tribute in the Netherlands.
She used social media to spread word of the campaign, with millions of people across the country eventually participating.