Kate Garraway has ‘spent thousands’ adapting her North London house for her Covid-stricken husband Derek Draper prior to his return to the family home last Wednesday after his year-long hospital stay.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, has transformed the family home to suit the former lobbyist’s needs as he is required to have 24/7 care while he continues his recovery.
It comes after Kate admitted that it has been ‘completely overwhelming but also wonderful’ having Derek back home during a candid interview on Monday’s GMB.
Kate revealed the changes she made to the family home on her heartbreaking documentary Finding Derek last month where she added a wheelchair lift, wet room, alarm system and a ground-floor bedroom to the house.
Changes: Kate Garraway has ‘spent thousands’ adapting her North London house for her Covid-stricken husband Derek Draper prior to his return to the family home last Wednesday after his year-long hospital stay
The presenter installed the lift so that her home is wheelchair-accessible for Derek, who will be using a wheelchair during his recovery at home.
Kate has also converted the ground floor lounge into his new bedroom, which has been fitted with a hospital bed for him because the virus has damaged the former lobbyist’s muscles.
At the time the show was recorded, the wet room was still being worked on and a builder was seen putting down plaster and preparing to install a toilet inside.
Adaptions: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, has transformed the family home to suit the former lobbyist’s needs as he is required to have 24/7 care while he continues his recovery
Battle: It has been confirmed that Derek is Britain’s longest surviving Covid hospital patient after he was first admitted with breathing difficulties on March 30 last year (pictured while in hospital)
Candid: Kate revealed the changes she made to the family home on her heartbreaking documentary Finding Derek last month where she added a wheelchair lift, wet room and a ground-floor bedroom to the house
Kate explained to viewers: ‘At the moment what we’re doing, we’ve got an occupational therapist that deals with the lay out of the home, looking at putting in a wet room – basically, ground floor living.
‘He’ll either be on a stretcher or a wheelchair. And also they’re trying to figure out how to put a lift in the garden.’
Kate also revealed that she will sleep downstairs in a ‘put-me-up bed’ so that she can be close to Derek while she picked small mosaic tiles that are Derek’s favourite for the new bathroom.
The presenter also has a team of carers coming into the house and she said it’s like ‘having a ward at home now because he needs so much equipment’, her co-host Ben Shephard told ITV’s Good Morning Britain recently.
Before: Kate pictured inside the family home in 2017 in a post shared to her Instagram account
Prepared: Kate has converted the ground floor lounge into his new bedroom, which has been fitted with a hospital bed for him (pictured) because the virus has damaged the former lobbyist’s muscles
Other features in the home include floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the garden, which allow Derek to watch his and Kate’s children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, outside.
The TV presenter has had their family home adapted so that Derek could come back and receive round-the-clock care at their North London property. Kate is now believed to be facing medical bills costing her tens of thousands.
Earlier this week, Kate admitted it had been ‘completely overwhelming but also wonderful’ having Derek back home during a candid interview on Monday’s Good Morning Britain.
The presenter sweetly added that their two children Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, ‘are over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure’ at having Derek back, who will work with physiotherapists and speech therapists.
Kate likened it to bringing home a newborn baby, saying that after extensive planning she asked herself ‘what the heck do we do now?’, but she stressed: ‘It has been completely overwhelming but also wonderful.’
Moving things around: The presenter installed the lift so that her home is wheelchair-accessibly for Derek, who will be using a wheelchair during his recovery at home
Preparations: In November, Kate met with an occupational therapist as they discussed the layout of their home and prepared it for Derek’s return
The star added: ‘We are over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure. I do remember that day when you brought home your first born and you had sort of been planning for nine months and then you think “What the heck do we do now?”
‘It’s a little bit like that feeling. Its been completely overwhelming but also wonderful.’
Kate added: ‘It was a medical reason for coming home as well as our desire and his desire to to encourage a more normal environment to stimulate his recovery and consciousness and they [the children] have been absolutely loving it. Really helpful. It’s been great actually.’
But she said after a year in intensive care, their children – Darcey and Billy – have started ‘deferring’ questions to their father.
Kate added: ‘I’ve noticed a little bit of deferring actually, like “should we check with dad?”. And I’m like, “Hold on, wait a minute, hang on a minute I’m still the boss.” They are absolutely excited and overwhelmed. And obviously we are there for support but I’m not a doctor.’
Happy news: Derek returned home on Wednesday after spending more than a year in intensive care and burst into tears as he was reunited with Kate and children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11 (pictured in 2018)
Reflecting on one sweet moment, the presenter said: ‘Last night, [my youngest son] was going to bed, he was saying, “Mum, can we just take a moment. He’s still home!”
‘It’s been fantastic, overwhelming and challenging. And obviously, there’s a long way to go to see more of the Derek that we love and the dad that we love, and we have to see how that goes. But’s it’s just wonderful to have him there.’
Kate said that the family have had a ‘few lovely moments’ when Derek ‘reacted to something Darcy has said that we haven’t seen previously’.
She said: ‘It is a very unique situation so they [doctors] are looking for unique solutions.’
Kate also revealed how her home has been fitted with an alarm system in case Draper needs urgent attention.
She said: ‘He can press it with his right hand if he needs us. There are people there for Derek, there is someone there for the children. It was a slightly strange feeling when I thought “oh my goodness”. We hope this will be the future situation and he won’t have to go back to hospital.’
Candid: Earlier this week, Kate admitted it had been ‘completely overwhelming but also wonderful’ having Derek back home during a candid interview on Monday’s Good Morning Britain (pictured in 2019)
Elsewhere, on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, Kate tearfully recalled moments from the last few days, including setting the table for four people instead of three, after a year of it being just her and the children at home.
She said that having Derek home felt ‘like the start of a new chapter but a really really big important one’, remarking on the significance of setting the dinner table for four instead of three.
Kate began to well up as she spoke about making Derek one of her casseroles, recalling: ‘As I was laying out the plates I realised I was laying out four, it makes me cry now, and Darcey was saying, “Oh, we’re going to put four spoons down”.
‘And Billy was like, “Have we got enough mash?” I said, “Yes, I don’t think dad’s going to be eating that much,” but he suddenly remembered dad’s old portions.
‘We weren’t all sitting around the dinner table, we just constructed a version of it. It just feels like the start of a huge chapter, but a really big and important one. It’s such a silly little thing but it was just oh my goodness. It’s massive’.
Emotional: Elsewhere, on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, Kate tearfully recalled moments from the last few days, including setting the table for four people instead of three, after a year of it being just her and the children at home
Kate added that Derek is ‘aware’ that he’s home and ‘is responding all the time’ but he is unable to talk.
Recalling the moment he finally came home, Kate said: ‘When we came in the door and pulled up, I could see Darcey and Billy looking out the window and they ran out and ran to the door and he immediately burst into tears and there was a lot of hugging.
‘He knew he was home. He is responding all the time, what he’s not able to do is talk. But he is responding and aware where he is.
‘There have been so many lovely little moments – he can swallow a little bit now so I said ‘lets get you round the table for a little bit.’
Discussing Derek’s ongoing health needs, she explained: ‘He can’t really move, he needs a lot of help. It’s 24/7 care. I haven’t really slept as you can probably tell.
Making steps: Kate (pictured with her children in 2019) said Derek is ‘aware’ that he’s home and ‘is responding all the time’ but he is unable to talk
‘It’s a new team now helping him and working with him. It’s going to take a lot of adjustment. On top of the care side there’s also the therapeutic side. This isn’t just for us, but helping it will prompt some recovery’.
Former lobbyist Derek has now been taken off all hospital machines, but his family have been warned he still has a long way to go to recover from the virus.
Kate explained that while she’s pleased to see Derek’s progress, things seem to have slowed down.
She revealed: ‘It’s going to take a lot of adjustment. But on top of the care side, there’s the very specialised therapeutic intervention, which will have to come in to make sure that this isn’t just about getting him with us for us, it’s hoping that actually this will prompt… some recovery.
‘He’s definitely sort of plateaued at this level. Obviously we’re very grateful for this level but want to see if we can move forward, if we can get him speaking more, able to move more and see what we can draw out.
Emotional: Discussing Derek’s ongoing health needs, she explained: ‘He can’t really move, he needs a lot of help. It’s 24/7 care. I haven’t really slept as you can probably tell.’
‘It’s going to be very slow and a bit of wait and see. The physiotherapy, the occupational therapy, neuropsychology as well and speech and language therapy all working on a programme.
‘What they’ve said is purpose is what they hope will come in, so when they see the children playing, will it perhaps prompt him more to say, ‘What you building with your Lego, Bill?’ or ‘What are you doing Darcey?’ rather than a forced situation in a vacuum in a room with people in PPE.’
She continued: ‘You saw in the documentary, there have been improvements in autumn, he’s using more words, and there are more things that he can do now. He’s got some more movement in his hands, he can show emotion.
‘But it felt as though everything had stalled medically and if anything was going slightly back. Obviously within the very necessary Covid restrictions that are in place, I couldn’t visit, family couldn’t visit, even some of the therapeutic things we would want to do to help him move forward couldn’t happen, so taking all that into account, they said, ‘Right let’s give this a go, let’s get him home safely.’
‘So it does feel a little bit like the hospital has come home with me at the moment, as we’ve got all sorts of professional people making sure everything is safe and then see how being in the family environment could help.’
News they’ve been waiting for: Former lobbyist Derek has now been taken off all machines but the family have been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery from the virus (pictured in 2019)
She added that their children have been ‘amazing’ throughout, stating ‘they’ve both just not stopped cuddling him’.
Elsewhere on the show, Kate’s Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard broke down in tears as he spoke about the news Derek would be returning with co-host Ranvir Singh.
Ben revealed: ‘I think it’s really important that as Kate said, she can’t share with us exactly where he is and he has a long, long way to go but this is a monumental step.
‘I remember sitting with her about a year ago and her telling me he had gone in to hospital and what that felt like and just thinking at the time ‘he’s going to be fine, he’s going to be fine’ and it hasn’t been.
‘It’s been anything but fine and not just for Kate, but everyone up and down the country who have been through this and lived this as well.’
It was an emotional moment for Ben, who also choked up as he began the show with an update on Kate’s situation. He said: ‘We are all smiling this morning, aren’t we? The news that he has been able to travel home and is living at home now with Kate, Darcey and Bill.
‘Honestly this means an awful lot to us because we’ve shared this with Kate personally, but when we come in and see the messages from you guys and how pleased you are.
‘It’s the first step in a very, very long journey for Derek and Kate and for the family trying to work out how it’s going to unfold. There is 24 hour care for him at home.’
Ranvir added: ‘It’s a progress thing isn’t it. Now doctors are saying he is responding regularly which is an amazing thing, but there’s going to be a lot of help needed for Kate and the family.’
Change in pace: Kate explained that while she’s pleased to see Derek’s progress, things seem to have slowed down, saying his progress has ‘plateaued’ but doctors hope being home with family will help move things on
‘It’s a God send,’ Showbiz correspondent Richard Arnold added. ‘Having been with her through this journey, it’s been absolutely heartbreaking. It’s not so much joy unconfined, but it’s a relief, palpable relief for all of us.’
Later on, Ranvir remarked: ‘Anybody who is in a vulnerable state and you haven’t been able to see them to give them your personal love, your personal attention, for them to hear your voice, haven’t been able to touch them, will know.
‘For somebody in recovery, not just survival mode, in actual recovery, which is where Derek has been for these last few months rather than just trying to stay alive … actually not having that contact with Kate, I think everyone in the medical field and around him could see that that was having an effect on him.
‘Medicine is one thing, but the psychology, the mind … there is a magic in the family that you can’t replicate in a medical setting, no matter how much you can try.
‘It’s about that contact, hearing your children. That can have an enormous effect on somebody’s recovery.’
Later in the day, Ben appeared on This Morning and revealed that Kate had compared Derek’s return to bringing home a newborn.
He explained: ‘You’ve been waiting to bring him home but it’s a huge responsibly. She’s got a huge team around her, he still needs 24 hour care, he’s not walking around making a cup of tea, he needs this care.
‘She’s doing an amazing job. she’s been a full time mum to Bill and Darcey, they’re old enough to understand what’s going on. While he is home and it’s so exciting to have him there there’s a huge step they have to go through’.
An insider told The Sun that the family they have wept tears of joy, adding: ‘Kate’s dreamt of this day for so long, and can’t thank wonderful NHS staff enough.’
A family friend declared Kate has been ‘dreaming of this day’, and said: ‘The children, who have been so resilient, have been so, so happy to have their dad home. There have been a lot of happy tears from everyone.
Sweet: Kate added that their children have been ‘amazing’ throughout, stating ‘they’ve both just not stopped cuddling him’ (pictured in 2013)
‘This past year has given Derek and Kate an absolutely unbreakable bond — she has been such a rock, and a total inspiration to everyone in Britain battling their own horror stories with the pernicious disease.’
It was reported by the publication that Derek was taken by ambulance back to his home on Wednesday after he began regularly responding while under the care of doctors in hospital.
It has been confirmed that Derek is Britain’s longest surviving Covid hospital patient after he was first admitted with breathing difficulties on March 30 last year.
Derek was put on a ventilator and spent months in a form of coma before uttering his first word – ‘pain’ – in October last year.
The father of two’s body has been ‘universally affected’ by the condition, which means that it has targeted his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Kate has reportedly spent ‘thousands’ on renovating their family home to support Derek’s return. It was revealed last week that Kate has taken control of her husband’s business affairs, a year after he contracted Covid.
12 months on after he was first admitted to hospital, Kate, was made the director of a firm founded by Derek.
Documents filed to Companies House show she’s been named on the books of his Astra Aspera Ltd firm. The company’s name is a take on the Latin phrase ‘ad astra per aspera’ which means ‘to the stars through hardship’.
She has been handed more than 50% of the firm to give her the controlling interest to make decisions on her own and notes on the company’s listing show that it is late in filing accounts for 2019 due to Derek’s illness.
Books for 2018 revealed it paid more than £128,000 in tax meaning the firm was taking in a healthy income. Derek – the firm’s other director – founded the outfit in 2011.
A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s been an incredibly tough year for Kate and the family and she’s been left with a lot of financial decisions and complications on top of it all.
‘Making Kate the director for Derek’s company for the time being, was the best decision for everyone to try to manage things while Derek is unable to. It’s been a lot for Kate to handle but she’s determined to tackle it.’
Touching: Elsewhere on the show, Kate’s co-host Ben Shephard appeared to be trying to fight back tears as he spoke about the news Derek would be returning
Last month, Kate revealed she had to rely on friends for financial support while off work during Derek’s Covid battle.
The Good Morning Britain host explained how although those in TV are ‘paid a good wage compared to the nurses keeping Derek alive’, she had to stop earning ‘quite suddenly’ last March and turned to pals for support.
Kate said: ‘Working in television, everybody does get paid a good wage compared with the nurses who are keeping Derek alive. But that obviously stopped quite suddenly last March.’
The star said she worried she’d sound like she was ‘pleading poverty’ and added that she’s had to think about things she never contemplated before Derek’s illness.
Finances: Kate has reportedly spent ‘thousands’ on renovating their family home to support Derek’s return. It was revealed last week that Kate has taken control of her husband’s business affairs, a year after he contracted Covid
Kate admitted a major learning curve was the legal side of things, saying: ‘I haven’t really got my head round the legal situation. I’ve been in a continual survival mode. Just thinking, let’s get through today.’
She explained that since Derek’s been in hospital she’s not been able to access his credit card accounts or their joint savings.
Kate even revealed she’s not allowed to see her husband’s medical notes because of data protection and them not giving each other power of attorney.
The mother-of-two said she recalled having a chat with Derek about how they should do this, however it never came about, with her saying she probably brushed it off by saying some joke like: ‘You’re not being mine’
Kate also reflected on how she’s been faced with a long-line of problems to fix at home as well as working out childcare for her two children on her own.
She detailed how during the past 12 months their family car has broken down and the replacement was stolen. And while self-isolating to visit Derek in hospital the family’s fridge-freezer broke followed by a flood and failed heating.
Adding to the list of bad luck, just two days before Christmas Kate even had to call her agent, who also reps Emma Willis who works for Marks and Spencer, to sort some food for her and her children to have over the festive period.
It comes after Kate stated she has been ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ by the positive reaction to her documentary Finding Derek documentary that documented her husband’s struggle.
Battle: Kate filmed every step of Derek’s, pictured, year long battle with COVID-19 following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness in March 2020 during her fly-on-the-wall programme Finding Derek – which aired last month
Kate returned to GMB after the emotional Kate Garraway: Finding Derek documentary aired and said: ‘It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way.’
She said: ‘We spoke on Tuesday morning about how it was quite a difficult decision to think about filming it, but you hoped it would bring some comfort to some people or perhaps shine a light on a situation that… or for a group of people who might be suffering away in a way that hasn’t been focused on.
‘I’ve had so many comments from people. The reaction has been extraordinary. I’ve had so many messages from people talking not just about COVID, but about experiences in their own life, where some of the things we touched on have impacted.’
During the documentary, Kate said she might have to ‘fall in love again’ with Derek while she later comforted her sobbing husband who said he wanted to ‘die’.
Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year long battle with COVID-19 following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness during the fly-on-the-wall programme.
During the emotional hour-long documentary, Kate planned for an uncertain future with Derek, as she admitted: ‘There’s been times where I’ve thought: ‘Am I actually grieving for the person I’m married to or am I fighting to hold onto that person?”
While later, in a heartbreaking video call with her husband in November, Derek broke down in tears and said he wanted to ‘die’ to which Kate insisted: ‘I promised you I will save you and I’m going to save you.’
The documentary, filmed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on Derek’s plight after falling gravely ill with the virus and Kate’s desperate battle to care for her husband while planning for an uncertain future.
Future: In heartbreaking footage filmed from November 2020, Kate was asked whether she would be okay if her husband is ‘not her Derek’ anymore once he is out of hospital, to which she said: ‘It might be a rather beautiful thing, trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing. I feel as though we might have to fall in love again’
In heartbreaking footage filmed from November 2020, Kate was asked whether she would be okay if her husband is ‘not her Derek’ anymore once he is out of hospital.
To which the presenter admitted: ‘Well, he is still Derek, he is still him… he is still that person that you love, but he will behave differently and will be physically different.
‘Will I be okay? I won’t be delighted because I wouldn’t wish that on him, very tough on us both, but he is for better or worse…’
Reflecting on their future, Kate continued: ‘It might be a rather beautiful thing, trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing. I feel as though we might have to fall in love again – find out who each other are now a little bit.’
Kate then met with a clinical psychologist who works in intensive care units as they discussed what the future could look like for Derek and what he might go through as he adapts to life back home.
The medical professional noted that from a ‘psychological perspective’, a quarter of patients have trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), low moods and anxiety, as well as memory, attention and concentration difficulties.
Kate admitted that she was trying to ‘piece together’ the life they had before but it was ‘quite complicated’ to which the psychologist noted there is no ‘straight answer’ during recovery.
Reflecting on the challenging time, Kate said: ‘There’s been times where I’ve thought: ‘Am I actually grieving for the person I’m married to or am I fighting to hold onto that person?’ Should I be trying to fight to hold onto that person or should I be trying to adjust?’
To which the psychologist noted that loved ones are in a ‘powerless position’ as they are looking for things they recognise in patients to ‘give them hope’.
Later during the documentary, a heartbreaking moment filmed in November saw Kate speak to husband Derek over FaceTime where he broke down in tears and said he wants his life to end.
Advice: Kate then met with a clinical psychologist who works in intensive care units as they discussed what the future could look like for Derek and what he might go through as he adapts to life back home
Kate said: ‘In many ways Derek is showing signs of improvement, but his mental state is worryingly unpredictable.’
During an emotional video call in November, the former lobbyist and political adviser said: ‘There’s no way out…’ to which Kate replied: ‘What do you mean, there’s no way out of what?’
Derek added: ‘I’m at the point, f**k it, just f**k it’ with Kate asking: ‘As in die? No, no,’ to which her husband emotionally admitted: ‘Yes.’
With Derek adding: ‘I don’t know how to cope, I don’t know how to cope.’
Comforting her husband, the presenter continued: ‘You don’t know how to cope with it? Okay… I know you feel like you’re trapped in your head and it must be terrifying.
Children: During the fly-on-the-wall documentary, Kate and Derek’s children also spoke about their father’s recovery as it showed emotional footage of them FaceTiming their dad in hospital
‘But you’re coming home, you’re coming back to your life and you will be the person even better than you were before. You will be.
‘I will find a way to make it better, okay? I promised you I will save you and I’m going to save you. I will find a way but you just have to hang in there, okay?’
Talking after the emotional moment, Kate said: ‘You’ll have a step forward, two steps back, you’ll have what seems like a huge breakthrough, and then the next minute, he sort of mouths: ‘Sorry, goodbye.’ I’m saying: ‘You’re not going to die, you’re not going to die, you’re not going to die.’ We’ve just got to get through it.’
Prior to this, Kate had shown footage of Derek following his return to consciousness in July, four months after his admission to intensive care, where he had mouthed the word ‘pain – his first verbal communication since being stricken with coronavirus.
In a different emotional part during the documentary, Kate also showed a video of Derek crying as he ‘responded’ to his wife to which she said of the milestone: ‘We’ve got him back!’
‘Scary’: Darcey was asked by the interviewer whether it was ‘scary’ seeing her father in hospital, to which she said: ‘I mean it’s not really scary, it looks scary. It’s just scary in the way of thinking we might lose him’ (pictured together in 2019)
During the fly-on-the-wall documentary, Kate and Derek’s children, also spoke about their father’s recovery as it showed emotional footage of them FaceTiming their dad in hospital.
In footage filmed over the summer, Darcey admitted that she has not ‘thought the worse’ during her father’s recovery while Billy noted that they don’t know whether their dad will ‘get better or not’.
Darcey said: ‘I’ve not really thought the worse, I’ve always said he’s going to get better, he’s going to get back – all of this stuff.
‘They say that we’ve heard rumours he will get back, hopefully, before the end of next year but we really don’t know at all.’
Billy then showed off his Lego collection from his birthday, he said: ‘Dad usually does Lego with me the most but since dad is not here… I’ve started to do it myself.’
Billy joked that Derek is a ‘big kid’, he emotionally added: ‘I really want him back but we don’t know if he’s going to get better or not. So…’
Darcey was then asked whether they expected their father to return home for Christmas. Later during the documentary, the family were able to visit Derek over the festive period, it was the first time they had all seen him since he was hospitalised.
The teenager said: ‘I hope so… it’s hard, he might still be hooked up to things he needs to help him survive.’
Darcey was asked by the interviewer whether it was ‘scary’ seeing her father in hospital, to which she said: ‘I mean it’s not really scary, it looks scary. It’s just scary in the way of thinking we might lose him.’
Milestones: Later in the documentary, it showed footage of Derek breaking down in tears and mouthing the word ‘pain’ after waking from his coma with Kate left crying over the milestone
Later in the documentary, in scenes filmed in February, Kate reflected on their Christmas time together, she said: ‘We were very lucky that Darcey and Billy and I got to spend time with Derek.
‘Really good, we played Frustration [game] and he remembered the rules. He remembered the rules of Frustration, you played it with him [Billy]. Quite unbelievable, Bill didn’t let him win!
‘It was really lovely, lots of things we used to do with him that can still be done, but it’s also a reminder of how far there is to go.’
Emotional: Derek was overcome with emotion after Kate video-called him following his return to consciousness in July, four months after his admission to intensive care
DEREK DRAPER’S CORONAVIRUS BATTLE
March 30, 2020: Derek is admitted to a London hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, little more than a week after Britain enters its first national lockdown
April 3, 2020: Derek is admitted to intensive care four days after his hospitalisation. As his condition steadily worsens, he falls into a coma.
May 28, 2020: Kate reveals that Derek remains in a coma and is continuing to be cared for by NHS professionals.
June 5, 2020: The presenter tells Good Morning Britain viewers that Derek is ‘Covid free’, although the family are unsure if he will ever recover from the ravages of the illness.
July 5, 2020: Kate reveals that Derek has finally woken from his coma and has opened his eyes – her first communication with her husband since March
July 13, 2020: Kate resumes her presenting role on Good Morning Britain after taking time off amid Derek’s ongoing illness.
July 14, 2020: Kate tells viewers she is preparing to visit Derek in hospital for the first time.
July 21, 2020: Derek hears Kate’s voice after nurses play Good Morning Britain in his hospital room. During her appearance on the show Kate confirms she is preparing to visit him for a second time.
August 19, 2020: After being absent for three days Kate tells viewers she has tried not to break down after being kept apart from Derek on his 53rd birthday.
September 10, 2020: Kate and Derek remain apart during their milestone 15th Wedding Anniversary , with the presenter unable to visit her husband.
September 11, 2020: Kate reveals Derek is still unable to speak but admits plans to visit him in hospital for a belated anniversary celebration.
September 29, 2020: Derek’s six-month long battle against COVID-19 becomes one of the longest known cases in the United Kingdom.
October 30, 2020: Derek is finally able to communicate verbally after 214 days in hospital. His first word – ‘pain.’
January 7, 2021: Kate reveals her two children saw Derek for the first time since he fell ill during the Christmas period
April 7, 2021: Derek returned to his and Kate’s North London family home by ambulance