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Kate Garraway made MBE after difficult year with husband Derek Draper’s Covid-19 battle

Kate Garraway has had an incredibly difficult couple of years (Picture: ITV)

Kate Garraway has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year Honours after speaking openly over the past couple of years about her husband Derek Draper’s Covid-19 battle.

The TV star, best known for presenting Good Morning Britain, has been recognised for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.

In a career spanning decades, Kate has presented on GMTV, GMB and Lorraine and, this year, won the authored documentary prize at the National Television Awards for her hard-hitting documentary Finding Derek.

The documentary followed her struggle to bring her husband Derek home from hospital after he fell seriously ill with Covid-19 in March 2020.

He spent a year in hospital and, while he is now free of the virus, he has sustained long-lasting damage to his organs and his recovery is ongoing.

A sequel, titled Caring For Derek, will show the period following Derek’s return home as Kate navigates the challenges of the social care system and is set to air in 2022.

Kate is best known for presenting Good Morning Britain (Picture: ITV)

As well as the documentaries, Kate has been praised for being so open on social media and her book about the experience.

At a Prince’s Trust event in October 2021 Kate thanked the Prince of Wales after reportedly receiving a personal letter from an unidentified member of the royal family and the offer of help from a royal physician.

Kate and Derek have been married since 2005 (Picture: James Gourley/ITV)

Most recently, Derek, 54, was seen beaming as he enjoyed his first outing with Kate since he fell ill.

The former lobbyist, Kate, 54, and their children Darcey, 15, and William, 12, went to watch a pantomime together over Christmas.

Derek was seen sitting up in a wheelchair with a blanket over his knees to keep out the chill, as well as a surgical mask around his chin while outside, in his first public outing since leaving hospital.

The couple, who have been married since 2005, appeared to be in great spirits as Kate chatted to friends after watching Cinderella at Richmond Theatre in West London.

Also included in the New Year Honours are stars including Dame Vanessa Redgrave, comedian Adam Hills, and dancer and presenter Ashley Banjo.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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