Kate Garraway 'staying strong for children' amid husband Derek's coronavirus

Kate Garraway was seen wiping away tears as she took part in the weekly clap for carers amid her husband Derek Draper’s battle with coronavirus.

Derek was rushed into hospital at the end of March with Covid-19 symptoms, and has been fighting for his life ever since.

The Good Morning Britain presenter was emotional, as she shared a video of herself and her children, Darcey and Billy, clapping away.

Kate wrote: ‘Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!

‘Its 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 before Derek’s ordeal with us. .

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‘But whether we clap or not next Thursday my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs goes on. They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited.

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hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!. Its 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 & everyone 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 ? 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 . 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

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‘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 .


‘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 latest update comes after she said ‘the journey seems to be far from over’ as she shared a video with her kids last week.

Alongside the clip, showing her daughter in a t-shirt that read: ‘Better together’, she began: ‘I didn’t even know Darcey had bought this t shirt on line ( with my card !) until she emerged tonight but I do know how grateful she is to the #nhs.

‘I couldn’t be prouder of how she & Billy have coped with these past 2 horrific months for our family – always finding ways of lifting our spirits & staying strong even when they can see me wobbling.

‘It’s so wonderful to see little green shoots of hope that this dreadful disease is easing and that hopefully soon we might all be able to see each other again and hug our nearest and dearest. 

‘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.’

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