Ben Shephard fights back tears as he shares update on Kate Garraway’s husband Derek

Ben Shephard fights back tears as he shares update on Kate Garraway’s husband Derek

Kate Garraway has been absent from presenting Good Morning Britain for months after her husband, Derek Draper, contracted coronavirus. His condition is so severe he is currently in a coma and every Thursday evening, Kate, along with her two children Billy and Darcey, join their neighbours to Clap for Carers. Last night, Kate took to her social media with a poignant message and during today’s GMB her co-stars Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh sent their love to her and her family.

Ranvir said: “We movingly and openly said the NHS are keeping Derek alive. Hope has to keep us all going.

“We are sending our love to them and to all of you out there,” Ben added. 

Ranvir then read out Kate’s statement, which she posted on Instagram last night: “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.

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“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? 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,” Ranvir continued. 

“Thanks so much for all your messages… Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through. #hope #love #clapthecarers.” 

It comes after last week when Piers Morgan said Kate receives “hope” by coronavirus success stories. 

He spoke about Jo Tillbrook, who recovered from the virus after spending 42 days in hospital.

“One of our colleagues, Kate Garraway, her husband’s been critically ill now for a long period of time,” said Piers.

“These stories, I have to say, give Kate huge hope when she hears them and sees them because she’s been in this position that Clive [Jo’s husband] was in.

“You can’t see your loved one, you have to just muddle through I guess,” he added. 

According to, as of yesterday at 9am, there have been 3,918,079 tests in total, with 119,587 carried out on 27 May.

269,127 people have tested positive for coronavirus. 

As of 5pm on 27 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 37,837 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekday mornings at 6am on ITV. 

Published at Fri, 29 May 2020 06:13:00 +0000