THE UK will join together on Sunday for the biggest and loudest Clap for Carers as the NHS turns 72 amid the greatest test of its lifetime.

People around the UK are being urged to celebrate health and care workers and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS this weekend.

Buidlings will be lit up blue around the nationa and, at 5pm on Sunday, July 5, people will take to their doorsteps one more time to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Communities and families have been devastated by the virus, which has taken too many lives, kept loved ones apart and made people fear for the future.

“But we can come together, as demonstrated by the weekly claps from our doorsteps and balconies showing our appreciation for those who’ve been keeping us safe.

“This is an opportunity to give thanks and thoughts for all those who’ve lost their lives, as well as recognising the wonders of the health service, social care sector and other essential public services.

“As the lockdown eases, we must all remain careful; behaving sensibly is vital if the NHS is to be protected and the virus is to be kept at bay.

“This weekend is all about celebrating and showing appreciation for our wonderful NHS.”

On Saturday evening people are also being urged to commemorate coronavirus victims by putting a light or LED candle in their window.

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