Kate Garraway wants ill husband Derek Draper to attend the NTAs with her after their Covid documentary was nominated

KATE Garraway wants her ill husband Derek Draper to attend the NTAs with her after their documentary about his Covid battle was nominated.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, left viewers in tears with her ITV documentary in March and it has now received a nod for Best Documentary at the National TV Awards.


Derek is the UK's longest-suffering Covid-19 patient and currently requires round-the-clock care as he recovers at home.

But Kate said she hopes Derek will be well enough to walk the red carpet with her in September.

Speaking about the NTA nominations, co-host Charlotte Hawkins said: "You've obviously got experience of dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus and what that can mean to Derek and the family.

"And congratulations to you because your authored documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek has been shortlisted for a National Television Award, so very well done to that."

An emotional Kate replied: "I didn't know until I read the papers this morning. It's wonderful for the production company and for Derek.

"I was just looking and the ceremony – is it the 9th September? I was just thinking, wouldn't it be wonderful if Derek was well enough to come. Wouldn't it be wonderful.

"I was trying to look at the dates and work out the logistics of how that might work.

"There's some brilliant people in the category, there's some brilliant documentaries, I don't think for the moment we'll win. But it would be lovely for him to be there."

Last month, Kate revealed Derek, who returned to the family home from intensive care in April following his Covid battle, has "huge challenges ahead".

Political advisor Derek was rushed to hospital with Covid in March 2020, and remained in the ICU for over a year after the virus "ravaged" his body.

Kate shared at the time: "He's very up and down, we're certainly a long way out of the woods.

"Being at home we have seen some things improve; having family around, the children around has provided stimulation.

"The problem is, you latch onto the positives – which is good because you have to."

She went on: "There's absolutely no doubt that he has huge challenges ahead."

Kate previously revealed that Derek has been left "devastated" by Covid and "can't move", requiring 24-hour care at their home.

He has minimal communication and can't feed himself, with Kate heartbreakingly concluding: "He is a long way from the Derek Draper you knew, but he is home and alive."

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