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Kate Garraway shares poignant Derek Draper update as she fights back tears

Written by on May 28, 2020

Kate Garraway has shared an emotional update on her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle during tonight’s Clap for Carers.

The television presenter admitted she was struggling to hold back the tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour our NHS and key workers.

Sharing a video of her two children banging on drums at 8pm – the Good Morning Britain presenter also said she is “trying to find new ways to stay strong”.

Former Labour Party advisor Derek, from Chorley, is critically ill in a coma after testing positive for Covid-19.

Kate, 53, joined with her daughter Darcey and son Billy for the 10th weekly salute after the event’s founder said it should be the last one.

She filmed her neighbours’ support during the applause and her children playing on black drums.

Kate has been providing regular updates via her social media accounts about the health of her husband.

File photo dated 10/01/08 of Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper. Kate Garraway has shared an update on the condition of her husband, who is being treated in hospital for the coronavirus, to say he “remains in intensive care and is still very ill”. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday April 10, 2020. The TV presenter said it “remains an excruciatingly worrying time” in a message read out on air by her Good Morning Britain co-presenter Ben Shephard. See PA story SHOWBIZ Garraway. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

She said the nationwide movement has “been a source of weekly comfort” as Derek continues to fight for his life after being diagnosed with coronavirus two months ago.

Taking to her Instagram page this evening, she said: “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.

“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.

“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 Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through.”

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