Andre Gomes, Marcel Brands and Denise Barrett-Baxendale were among the prominent Everton figures who joined a nationwide round of applause at 8pm on Thursday to salute frontline NHS workers.
The Clap for Carers [CFC] campaign was launched as a means of expressing gratitude to the doctors, nurses, carers and other NHS staff battling to treat and contain coronavirus.
Thank You NHS
People applauded and cheered from their windows and balconies, with the country operating under strict government guidelines to remain indoors and limit the spread of the virus.
CFC initiated the countrywide gesture of thanks because “during these unprecedented times they [NHS staff] need to know that we are grateful”.
Everton first-teamers Theo Walcott, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Anthony Gordon and Joao Virginia, along with women’s pair Izzy Christiansen and Dan Turner and manager Willie Kirk and Under-23s captain Morgan Feeney, joined Portuguese midfielder Gomes, Director of Football Brands and Barrett-Baxendale, the Club’s CEO, in showing their appreciation for the selfless and unstinting work being done by NHS staff and health workers around the world to keep us all safe.
Everton last week began its Blue Family campaign designed to provide assistance and support for the most vulnerable, isolated and at-risk members of society across Liverpool and beyond.
Blue Family has also seen the Club and charity introduce a referral form enabling fans and the wider public to refer people they believe might need a friendly voice to speak to at this difficult time.
During the coronavirus pandemic, people are reminded to stay at home to support the NHS and help save lives. For full details of the Government guidance, visit here.