People in Hull and East Yorkshire are being urged to take part in one huge final Clap for Carers as the NHS celebrates its birthday this weekend.

The major country-wide coming together will take place on Sunday to thank all those who have been helping the country get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the nation broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm as people across the country pause what they are doing to think of others.

Hull and East Riding Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are both encouraging people to join neighbours in the streets to applaud, not just the NHS and other key workers, but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening people will put a light in their windows in remembrance of those we have lost during the pandemic.

Buildings across the region, including Hull City Hall, the Ferens Art Gallery and the Allam building at Hull University, will be joining famous landmarks by lighting up in blue, the colour of the NHS.

Erica Daley, NHS Hull CCG interim chief operating officer, said: “This is an opportunity to celebrate with our community, reflect on the achievements of our NHS and applaud our local resilience during this pandemic.

“However, we must also take this opportunity to remember all those we have lost to this virus, including key workers whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Helping Hull's Hospital Heroes

Helping Hull's Hospital Heroes is a campaign launched by Hull Live and the Hull Daily Mail to raise £25,000 to support our incredible hospital staff.

Workers at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital have been at the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for the most seriously ill patients.

The campaign aims to raise money to support staff and provide them with small treats to lift their spirits and say thank you for their incredible work.

Donations will go to the charity WISHH - Working Independently to Support Hull’s Hospitals - so will go directly towards hospital workers in Hull.

How you can help

A donation of...

£5 will support a front line nurse with a meal, drinks and a snack.

£10 will provide a nurse with a wellbeing care package including protective face and hand creams to care for skin from constant mask and PPE wearing.

£100 will provide a Wellbeing Room Box, accessible to ward staff with mindfulness and distraction items to help them relax including journals, colouring and puzzle books, felt tip pens, puzzles, distraction games and wellbeing books.  The ideas for the contents of these boxes have been inspired by the staff.

In addition to the above, the charity proposes to spend between £1,000 and £3,000 to help make enhancements to staff rest rooms in the hospitals by improving the availability of and access to drinks facilities including coffee machines, microwaves and improving furnishings to enable staff to take a break.

The more money that is donated will enable the charity to support as many of Hull's 9,500 hospital staff as possible, helping the charity to support them during and beyond the pandemic.

How to donate

You can donate through the dedicated JustGiving page here.

Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to WISHH Charity, writing on the back ‘Hull Live COVID-19 appeal’ and sent to the WISHH Office, Hull Live COVID-19 Appeal, First Floor Administration Block, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ.

The date marks 72 years since the foundation of the country’s free National Health Service.

Paula South, executive nurse, said: “I hope many of you will join us in not only marking the 72nd anniversary of the NHS but in thanking everyone without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to respond to coronavirus.

“Over the last few months, we have seen many moving stories of NHS staff overcoming adversity and working in very challenging circumstances, let us hope that these stories help inspire some of you to consider a career in the NHS.”