maybe Kate Garraway is still smiling after nightmare Christmas without husband Derek Draper where her home flooded

KATE Garraway is still smiling after her nightmare Christmas without her husband Derek Draper after her home flooded.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, kept in positive spirits as she made her way to Smooth Radio following the Christmas break.

Kate wore a long brown raincoat with a leopard-print scarf and carried a huge leather bag.

Underneath the coat, there are glimpses of a red velvet dress and the star wore a mask the whole way.

However, she did take the mask down to smile at the camera before entering the building.

On New Year's Eve, Kate opened up about her "challenging" and emotional Christmas without husband Derek Draper.

She revealed she suffered a "calamitous" time when a pipe exploded and flooded her house.

She also explained she wasn't able to get hold of any food after failing to bag a delivery slot before Christmas.

Kate has been without Derek since March when he contracted coronavirus and was rushed to hospital – where he has remained ever since.

The 53-year-old is now Britain's longest-fighting Covid-19 patient after marking a horrific six months in hospital in September.

Kate today wrote a new year message to fans, sending special thanks to celebrity pal Emma Willis, who came to the rescue with Marks & Spencer goodies for her festive meal.

The star posted on Instagram: "Well here we are folks – #newyearseve – the last day of a year few will be sorry to see the back of.

"Have been quiet for a while – getting through Christmas has been a challenge hasn’t it with all the emotions it stirs in our strange world & no where really to put them – except in hope.

"And there is still so much real hope out there. Not just in the extraordinary health care workers & researchers who definitely hold a bright light for the future. But in all the little kindnesses.

"We had a calamitous few days in the run up to Christmas – but we got through thanks to some wonderful people."

She then thanked a series of companies, writing: "The guys from @bondconstruction who literally got on their hands & knees with me to bucket out water after we had 2 pipe leaks that flooded our home.

"@emmawillisofficial & @marksandspencer who made sure we had #gorgeousfood for our Christmas dinner when I couldn’t get a delivery slot anywhere.

"The guys from @britishgas who spent hours on the phone helping me to get a fridge & freezer to put the food in.

"The guys from @skyhelp who talked me through getting our WiFi & TV working on Xmas Eve. Your kindness & spirit is overwhelming."

She also thanked her employers – ITV and Smooth Radio owners Global – for their "constant support".

Kate signed off with a word for everyone who had sent her hopeful thoughts since Derek was hospitalised.

She wrote: "Sending love & virtual hugs to all of you who have sent messages – spreading the love is what will give us all a truly happy new year. 💕💕💕💕💕."

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