Kate’s husband Derek, 53, was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms in March and still remains seriously ill.
Family: Kate Garraway has emotionally said that she is trying to be both ‘mum and dad’ for her two children amid her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle (pictured together in December 2019)
Speaking in an emotional acceptance speech via video, Kate said that the past few months has brought her ‘closer’ with her two children Darcey, 14, and William, 11, and she is trying to make sure there is ‘enough laughter’ in their life during the ‘sad’ time.
Kate said: ‘It has brought us closer but also they miss their dad, so I guess I’m trying to be mum and dad as well and obviously can’t be.
‘It’s sad as well, so it’s making sure there’s enough laughter going on as well. That’s so important. You find yourself laughing at the silliest things and that’s kind of a release, isn’t it?’
Talking about her hopes going forward, Kate emotionally added: ‘I obviously hope that Derek can recover and come back to us, I mean that’s the big one, isn’t it?
Inspiration: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, was awarded Inspiration Of The Year at the virtual HELLO! Star Women Awards on Thursday night, where she spoke about her difficult 2020 (pictured in November)
‘I hope that we can as a country fight our way out of this pandemic. We don’t give in to bitterness and anger. I hope we can keep that community spirit we had at the beginning where we were all clapping for carers.
‘I hope we can keep the good things about 2020, the positivity and community spirit, and hopefully let it all be over.’
Talking about her plans for Christmas, Kate emotionally said: ‘If you’ve lost someone due to COVID or lost someone for whatever reason, I think Christmas is very tough.
‘So I’m lucky that Derek is still with us and we still have hope for next year but it is hard to know how to plan because we have very specific traditions.
‘We’d always go to Derek’s parents’ on Christmas Eve and we’d go to church. I don’t think any of that’s possible because we need to stay close to Derek in the hospital.’
Heartbreaking: Kate’s husband Derek, 53, was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms in March and still remains seriously ill (pictured in December 2019)
Kate said that she is trying to form new traditions with her two children and that her GMB co-host Ben Shephard has sweetly offered to help over the festive period.
She continued: ‘So I’ve been talking to the children about forming new traditions and I think we’re going to have a Christmas season, so we’ve already watched Nativity. Key moment.
‘We do have a ten-foot high inflatable Santa, obviously, and a ten foot high inflatable penguin. You can imagine how delighted the neighbours are when that goes up – I think Ben Shephard’s offered to come and help.’
Talking about her Inspiration Of The Year award, Kate said: ‘It’s so kind of you. I don’t feel like I’m an inspiration at all, I feel like I’ve tried to get through. If it has been helpful, then that is lovely.’
It comes after Kate had an emotional conversation with two nurses who saved her husband Derek’s life during Thursday’s Good Morning Britain.
Emotional: Speaking in an emotional acceptance speech , Kate said that the past few months has brought her ‘closer’ with her two children Darcey, 14, and William, 11, and she is trying to make sure there is ‘enough laughter’ in their life during the ‘sad’ time (pictured in October)
The presenter had the chance to speak to Kathleen and Karen who work at North London’s Whittington Hospital, after they were invited to perform on the ITV show as part of a hospital choir.
Kate revealed she hadn’t been able to speak to the nurses before after they worked on former lobbyist and political adviser Derek in the early stages of his COVID-19 battle in March.
She said: ‘You saved his life. I’m going to get emotional, so thank you so much.’
Kathleen and Karen are part of a nationwide hospital choir releasing a cover of The Police hit Every Breath You Take for charity.
Kate then told GMB viewers and her co-host Ben:’I actually found out they looked after my husband Derek so I can’t wait to talk to them.’
Pals: Kate said that she is trying to form new Christmas traditions with her two children and that her GMB co-host Ben Shephard (pictured) has sweetly offered to help over the festive period
Later in the show, Kate had her chance, as she told the nurses: ‘It’s so great to talk to you because I didn’t realise you cared for Derek at Whittington when he was first taken in.’
‘You saved his life,’ she told them, adding: ‘I’m going to get emotional, so thank you so much’.
‘I’ve never spoken to you because we weren’t allowed to visit, it was a chaotic time, very often I wasn’t given information from direct carers so thank you so much.’
Kathleen said to Kate in response: ‘I was here the day he was admitted so we just want to wish you all the best from here.’
‘It’s been a difficult time,’ Karen added of their work more recently. ‘I think everybody acknowledges that, we are so much better this time around. Kathleen and I have been training everyone.’
Kate added another thank you as she told the nurses: ‘You’re absolute heroes, you’re saviours for Derek and it’s so wonderful to see your faces personally, let’s hope the single goes to number one.’
The broadcaster returned to GMB on Thursday for her first show in two weeks, and spoke about the possibility of not being able to see Derek, who remains critically ill in hospital
The presenter told Ben it would be her family’s ‘dream’ to see Derek on the special day, while he continues to recover from COVID-19 in intensive care.
Kate also revealed she was forced to miss two weeks of the show after she and her children suffered a coronavirus scare – but they have since tested negative.
The mother of two said: ‘I’m finding it really challenging and I know you at home are as well. I find it really tricky.’
Thank you: It comes after Kate had an emotional conversation with two nurses who saved her husband Derek’s life during Thursday’s Good Morning Britain
‘I know it’s a slightly unique position I’m in but it’s also not because lots of people have got loved ones who are vulnerable, who are sick, either with COVID or with other things.
‘Obviously my dream is for the children and I to see Derek on Christmas Day in some way. The challenges of that are we have to stay really safe in order to visit him and isolate.
‘There’s also a question of, if we’re doing that can we have my mum and dad there?’
The star said she wanted to avoid ‘if possible’ having Christmas day with just herself, daughter Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, adding: ‘I think that would make Derek’s absence feel huge and the rest of the family’s absence feel huge but it’s quite a difficult balance to work it all out.’
Speaking to Dr Hillary Jones, Ben responded: ‘Hillary, that’s a challenge for people up and down the country. Kate wants to make Christmas as fun and as normal as it can be for Darcey and Bill.’
Kate also revealed she had missed two weeks of GMB as her and her kids were exposed to COVID-19.
Luckily, Kate and her children all tested negative and the star returned to the show on Thursday.
She said: ‘It’s lovely to be back, I’m sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks now. Well, a few challenges kicking off, challenges with Derek as there always are.
‘So we had outside of Derek a little bit of a scare. In the sense that, we found out the children had come into contact with somebody who after they came into contact with them, tested positive for coronavirus – isn’t seriously ill.
‘It’s happening a lot because of schools, so just to be ultra, ultra, ultra cautious, kept them at home, kept me at home until we got negative tests.
‘You saved his life’: The presenter had the chance to speak to Kathleen and Karen who work at North London’s Whittington Hospital and worked on Derek when he was first admitted
‘We got two negative tests actually, because you know me, more is more. So all three of us had negative tests, mercifully.’
She continued: ‘I did think, “Oh my goodness, this is going to be very difficult, obviously horrific if any of us get sick”. And I’ve had it. I had it when Derek got sick.’
Derek was originally admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms on March 30 and remains seriously ill.
Earlier this month, Kate told Ben she ‘is in total panic’ as she and her children are still unable to visit Derek in hospital.
The media personality previously admitted Derek had ‘a tough week,’ as she shared her uncertainty over whether her long-term partner could finally be discharged.
The co-hosts were discussing the possibility of more COVID-19 restrictions over the festive period.
She said that as Derek is still too ill to return home, and her children’s grandparents are unable to visit, she’ll be facing her first Christmas alone since her eldest daughter Darcey was born.
‘I feel physically sick actually and can feel my chest tightening at the thought of it,’ Kate said.
‘I’m in total panic about the idea of me, Darcey and Billy on our own this Christmas unable to visit Derek because of potential restrictions.
‘That huge emotional hole, and I don’t know how to fill it, without grandparents and without friends helping to fill it.
Heartbreaking: Kate also spoke about the possibility of not being able to see her critically-ill husband Derek at Christmas during an emotional chat on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain
‘It feels like such a significant moment as all festivals are. I do feel in a panic about it, but we’re in this situation because of the spread of a disease that at the moment doesn’t have a cure.’
Last month it was reported that Kate is in a state of uncertainty over whether or not Derek will be discharged from hospital after spending more than 214 days in intensive care with the potentially life-threatening virus.
She said: ‘Kate is a warrior and she’ll do what she has to do to get through this. This is someone who isn’t fazed by interviewing the Prime Minister or victims of child abuse, because she can relate to everybody and has the mental capacity to cope.
‘She’s incredibly resilient. Some people would’ve crumbled by now, but this is going to make her stronger.’
She added: ‘Her priority is to keep her kids’ lives as normal as possible. The uncertainty eats her alive, but she doesn’t want that to transition to them.’
In October. Kate revealed Derek mouthed the word ‘pain’ – his first word since falling ill – when asked by nurses if he was in any discomfort.
While Kate said it was ‘heartbreaking’ he was suffering, it marked progress in his recovery since being struck down with coronavirus in March.
But Kate is ‘keeping herself in check’ and said: ‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real.’
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’
‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,
‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’
Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition.
Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.
Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’
Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers
She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.
On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17 Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.