A North Staffordshire truck driver is organising a national round of applause for delivery drivers, supermarket staff and other key workers.
Andy Pakeman, from Cheddleton, wants the nation to put their hands together at 8pm on Thursday, April 9.
The 50-year-old transports produce from farms to factories and regularly drives between Shropshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
He said: “I came up with the idea because truck drivers, farmers, distribution staff and others are working really hard and don’t seem to get recognition for it.
“NHS staff are doing a superb job and I’m not knocking anything that people do for them but I think it would be good to thank other people that are working so hard at the moment too.”
Andy’s idea has the full backing of his wife Jenny, aged 47, who works in the NHS herself as a co-ordinator at the Royal Stoke.
He said: “People don’t have to choose between one or the other, they can show appreciation for everyone who is helping them. I’ve called it Clapping for Truck Drivers and Other Key Workers because I don’t want anyone to feel left out.
“Without truck drivers nothing would be delivered. Everything goes on the back of a truck these days, including the food people are queuing up to buy from supermarkets. I don’t think people quite realise.
“If even half of the country’s truck drivers had to self-isolate for two weeks this country would be on its knees.”
Andy is encouraging people to follow similar guidelines to Clap For the NHS and to clap safely from a window, doorstep or in their garden while observing social distancing.
Andy has set up a Facebook event which you can sign up to here.