Jimmy Cricket has begun sending all his fans and friends daily togetherness message via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 340,000 confirmed cases of the illness – also known as Covid-19 – have been confirmed globally, with about 15,000 deaths.
The UK government has just announced it is imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.
Jimmy posted the first video on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”
He tells a few jokes in the clip and urges people to help each other in these tough times.
He says: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”
Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of the coronavirus.
Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.
Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.
Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “At this unprecedented time when Sunday Worship is on hold in Churches up and down the Country, here in this link you can join Fr Frankie at St James and All Souls Parish’s broadcast 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford.”
‘What a fantastic idea!’
A nationwide round of applause will take place on Thursday 26 March.
The aim is to show gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic, also known as COVID-19.
Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone who can to clap at 8pm wherever they are, assuming they are at a safe distance from others as instructed by the government.
Comedian Jimmy said: “What a fantastic idea! Me and Mrs C. will be applauding at our front door!”
David and Victoria Beckham are other celebrities reported to be backing the campaign.
Numerous stars went to their Instagram page to encourage their fans to support the NHS.