Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 53, has opened up about her emotions while applauding the NHS, as her husband Derek Draper battles coronavirus in hospital. Alongside a video showing her two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, taking part in what may be the final Clap For Carers event this evening, she wrote in a moving Instagram post: “Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!”
She tearfully told fans: “It’s been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & 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 & every one of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it?
She added: “I am having to find new ways of staying strong every day for Darcey & Billy, as I know Derek would want me to.
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“It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps.
“Thanks so much for all your messages & thanks for sharing on club Garraway.com.
“Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through. #hope #love #clapthecarers #wherethereslifethereshope.”
Kate’s husband, former lobbyist, Derek, was taken into hospital on March 30 with COVID-19 and remains in a critical care unit.
“But the journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as everyday my heart sinks as I learn new & devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
“But he is still HERE & so there is still hope. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who will be affected by this, not just for the next few weeks but for the foreseeable future.
“That will be the case for many who have suffered from the disease, but also the front line workers who have been helping to treat the worst affected.”
Kate went on to urge other families who are affected to “stick together far beyond the end of lockdown”.
The Smooth Radio presenter concluded her post by thanking her fans for their ongoing support.
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.”