Clap for Carers: Watch residents in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Petworth applaud NHS staff and key workers
Residents in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Petworth joined thousands of people across the UK in a Clap for Carers tribute on Thursday night (April 2).
It was the second time the nation came together to honour NHS staff and other key workers battling the coronavirus pandemic on the frontline.
Chichester resident and Bognor's town crier Jane Street took part. She said: "The NHS are doing an amazing job and everyone is pulling together. My daughter is also a key worker at a cleaning company. She is working hard keeping everyone clean and safe.
"It is quite emotional when you stand out there and everyone in your street is clapping. The volume of people showing their appreciation is wonderful.
"I live right opposite St Richard's Hospital so I hope they could hear my bell from the hospital."
Five-year-old Buddy Strudwick's bedtime was before the clap at 8pm but the Bognor schoolboy had his own way of showing appreciation, deciding to give a local dustman an Easter egg to say thank you for his hard work.
His mum Lisa Ringer said: "Buddy asked if he could give the man that takes our dirty rubbish an Easter egg as he’s still working when everyone else doesn’t have to.
"He was so excited waiting for them to come down our road."
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