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Kate Garraway reveals grieving stranger made her think twice about NTAs appearance

It reminded her of the importance of Finding Derek doc

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Kate Garraway has confessed that she almost decided to skip the NTAs this week.

The GMB won an award for her documentary Finding Derek, which she made about her husband Derek’s terrifying battle with coronavirus.

Kate admitted that she had been close to not turning up to the ceremony.

However, a chance encounter with a stranger ended up changing her mind.

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Derek is still recovering from his COVID-19 battle (Credit: ITV)

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In an Instagram post, the ITV star shared that she had not been feeling confident about her documentary winning the award.

It led to her suggesting that she might not bother attending the ceremony.

Read more: Kate Garraway makes final plea to public after ‘giving a voice’ to husband Derek Draper

“Have been feeling very torn about asking you to vote for our documentary #FindingDerek ‘s nomination for @officialntas,” she wrote.

“I am very proud of it but felt I shouldn’t be asking for more from you. I have even wondered if I shouldn’t go to such a sparkling event and take time away from the family who need me more than ever.”

However, when she bumped into a stranger whose sister recently died from Covid-19, everything changed for Kate.

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“But a stranger just changed my mind! She was walking past our house and called out ‘hope you win!’

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Kate Garraway almost decided to miss out on the NTA Awards (Credit: Splashnews)

“I thanked her but said I didn’t think we would as so many good ones in the category.”

She was up against some stiff competition, with Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Rob Burrow: My Year With MND and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency all also nominated.

Kate continued: “She looked horrified. ‘But you must’ she said. ‘My sister died from Covid damage two weeks ago. Her heart had been ruined by the virus last summer. She watched your documentary and it gave her so much hope.'”

Kate of course did go on to win the NTA for Authored Documentary and had fellow celebrities on their feet and in tears as she delivered her acceptance speech.

The popular TV host is now planning a follow-up documentary but admits she has a small window of time to film with Derek.

Kate recently shared that Derek still suffers from severe fatigue and, as a result, he can sleep up to 20 hours per day.

The National Television Awards air live on ITV tonight at 7:30pm

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