Kate Garraway: GMB host Susanna Reid speaks on co-star’s ‘comfort’ amid husband’s battle
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Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway’s husband, a former lobbyist, Derek Draper, was taken into hospital on March 30 with COVID-19 and remains in a critical care unit. The 53-year-old has regularly been updating fans on her partner’s condition.
Susanna Reid, 44, has addressed Kate’s heartache during her co-presenter’s difficult time in an emotional update.
The small-screen star admitted that Kate found “comfort” in the public’s Clap For Carers.
Members of the public have gathered each Thursday at 8pm to applaud NHS frontline workers following the coronavirus crisis in recent months.
However, the evening ritual wrapped up last week with the British public taking to their doorsteps to Clap for Carers for the final time.
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In her latest column, Susanna hoped people “will continue to mark 8pm in their own way”.
“It has been a time of unity with people around us, and I know that it has been a source of great comfort for my dear friend and ITV colleague Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper has been in a critical care unit with Covid-19 for ten weeks,” she wrote in MailOnline.
Susanna added: “Kate’s moving Instagram posts every Thursday evening have kept everyone connected. Both Kate and Derek are in my thoughts every day.”
Kate is expected to return to GMB and will appear via video link from her home, with close friends Ben Shephard and Susanna supporting their co-star from the studio.
Last week, the presenter admitted she cried during the clap when she thought about how it was the last one.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it’s coming to an end while our fear for Derek goes on.
“But even if we don’t clap next Thursday it won’t diminish my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs.
“They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited.”
She went on: “Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it? I am having to find new ways of staying strong everyday for Darcey & Billy, as I know Derek would want me to.
“It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps.”
Kate has been on a break from Good Morning Britain during her husband’s health battle.
Earlier this month, she updated fans and told them Derek was still in a coma.
She added that she had her spouse on FaceTime while clapping for carers with their children, in the hope he could hear what was going on.
The presenter wrote: “I couldn’t film on my phone as had Derek on FaceTime throughout!
“Of course we can’t KNOW but I believe he can hear us & thought at least the incredible @nhs team’s looking after him would hear a fraction of our gratitude.”
Kate and her husband Derek share two children together, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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