Kate Garraway has given her supporters an update on husband Derek Draper, who is in hospital battling coronavirus.
Sharing a video of her street during Clap For Our Carers last night (Thursday, May 7), the Good Morning Britain host also wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram.
“With VE Day tomorrow it’s a reminder of the strength and resilience that we all have within us if we pull together and keep going,” the mum of two wrote.
“Derek is still with us, fighting so hard to beat this virus and every day. I am awestruck by how hard every member of the NHS team is fighting to turn things around and bring him (and so many others) home to their loved ones.
“You are amazing – thank you, thank you. Sending love to you all in these terrible times.”
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The neighbours turned into “red arrows” tonight for #clapthecarers #nhs & #keyworkers . Have taken so much comfort & inspiration from the spirit of the country beautifully personified by Captain Tom these past few weeks………and with VE Day tomorrow it’s a reminder of the strength and resilience that we all have within us if we pull together and keep going. Derek is still with us, fighting so hard to beat this virus & everyday I am awestruck by how hard every member of the nhs team is fighting to turn things around & bring him ( & so many others) home to their loved ones. You are amazing – thank you thank you Sending love to you all in these terrible times #staypositive #hope #standtogether
Earlier this week, co-star and friend Ben Shephard revealed Kate is calling her critically ill husband every night.
Derek is in intensive care and Kate is unable to visit him due to the pandemic.
On Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, Ben gave an update on Kate and Derek.
Ben and co-star Susanna Reid were interviewing a school teacher who had beaten the virus.
Ben said: “One of our colleagues here, Kate Garraway’s husband is very ill.
“One of the things she said is very comforting for her is staff are taking a phone in the evenings and she can talk to her husband.
“She has no idea if he’s responding but it certainly gives her a sense of comfort and there is the hope.”
On Monday, Kate marked her 53rd birthday and admitted it was “tough” without Derek by her side.
She wrote on Instagram: “So yesterday was always going to be a tough one.
“1st birthday in 16 years without Derek – so for the kids & I, his abscence was very present.
“But we resolved to do what I think we are all having to do at the moment aren’t we – treasure & be grateful for the love around us – however distanced we are from it.”
She added: “So THANK YOU so much for all your messages they mean such a lot.
“To the friends @itv who sent chocolate for the kids & uplifting smellies for me, to mates who dropped off food, posh teabags & milk & made me smile at silliness.
“Derek is a great believer in the healing power of silliness.
“To my amazing family, to Derek’s friends who sent me messages of fun times they have had with him.”
Derek has been in hospital since March and Kate has been at home with their children – Darcey and William.
Kate recently said her husband remains critically ill but he’s “still with us”.
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