Kate Garraway’s friends praise star for bravely putting on smile despite going through ‘awful’ ordeal with sick husband – The Sun

KATE Garraway's friends have praised the TV presenter for bravely putting on a smile despite going through an "awful" ordeal as her sick husband battles coronavirus. 

Her Good Morning Britain co-hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins looked on admiringly at smiling pal Kate, 53, as she banged her saucepan with a wooden spoon during Clap for Carers this week.

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They replayed the I'm A Celebrity star's video from outside her house as she paid tribute to those fighting to save her 52-year-old husband Derek Draper's life.

He has been in intensive care for two months after falling into a coma and becoming unresponsive.

Ben and Charlotte told how they are "praying" Derek "will pull through" as they updated viewers on his condition.

Heartbroken Kate this week said her "heart sinks" every day as Derek is forced to face "new battles" that coronavirus brings.

After reading out Kate's latest message abut Derek, Ben added: "She also wanted to thank everyone for their extraordinary messages.

"She does enjoy reading them in the quieter moments when she gets a chance.

Ben's co-host Charlotte added:"She's still going through such an awful time.

"Our hearts go out to her and her family through everything she is going through.

"It is nice to see she had a smile on her face. Everyone has got their fingers crossed and sending so much love.

"They are all in our prayers and so we are just hoping Derek will pull through."

On Thursday Kate paid tribute to her daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 10, for their strength.

She wrote: "I couldn’t be prouder of how she & Billy have coped with these past 2 horrific months for our family – always finding ways of lifting our spirits & staying strong even when they can see me wobbling.

"Its so wonderful to see little green shoots of hope that this dreadful disease is easing and that hopefully soon we might all be able to see each other again and hug our nearest and dearest.

"But the journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as everyday my heart sinks as I learn new & devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.

"But he is still HERE & so there is still hope. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who will be affected by this, not just for the next few weeks but for the foreseeable future.

"That will be the case for many who have suffered from the disease, but also the front line workers who have been helping to treat the worst affected. The physical and mental scars will run deep and so we need to stick together far beyond the end of lockdown."

Referring to her website, she added: "Thank you so much for all your messages. I am going to share more of the things that have been keeping me going on clubgarraway.com.

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