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Kate Garraway claps for carers as husband battles coronavirus

Kate Garraway wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers on Thursday night while her critically-ill husband Derek Draper continues to fight coronavirus in hospital.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, also took to Instagram to share an update about her spouse’s COVID-19 battle and admitted she was emotional over the fact it could be the final clap for carers after the founder said it should be the last one.

Kate lamented the fact the weekly salute was ‘coming to an end before Derek’s ordeal’ and said that she was finding it hard to ‘stay strong’ for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10. 

Battle: Kate Garraway wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers on Thursday night while her critically-ill husband Derek Draper continues to fight coronavirus in hospital

The star put on a brave face as she joined millions across the nation at 8pm for the 10th week in a row and went all out for the ‘final’ applause with a toy tambourine.

Kate took to Instagram shortly afterwards to share a video of her two children joining in as they sat on their London home’s brick wall and tapped on miniature drums.

The GMB star emotionally penned: ‘Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!. Its been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it’s coming to an end before Derek’s ordeal with us. .

‘But whether we clap or not next Thursday my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs goes on. They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it ?

Emotional: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, also took to Instagram to share an update about her spouse's COVID-19 battle and admitted she was emotional over the fact it could be the final clap for carers after the founder said it should be the last one

Emotional: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, also took to Instagram to share an update about her spouse’s COVID-19 battle and admitted she was emotional over the fact it could be the final clap for carers after the founder said it should be the last one

Challenging: Kate lamented the fact the weekly salute was 'coming to an end before Derek's ordeal' and said that she was finding it hard to 'stay strong' for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10

Challenging: Kate lamented the fact the weekly salute was ‘coming to an end before Derek’s ordeal’ and said that she was finding it hard to ‘stay strong’ for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10

Critically-ill: Kate's supportive husband and former lobbyist, Derek, was taken into hospital on March 30 and is understood to be in an unresponsive condition as he remains in a critical care unit (pictured together in December)

Critically-ill: Kate’s supportive husband and former lobbyist, Derek, was taken into hospital on March 30 and is understood to be in an unresponsive condition as he remains in a critical care unit (pictured together in December)

‘I am having to find new ways of staying strong everyday for Darcey & Billy , as I know Derek would want me to. It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps.

‘Thanks so much for all your messages & thanks for sharing on club Garraway.com . Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through. #hope #love #clapthecarers #wherethereslifethereshope.’ 

Kate’s supportive husband and former lobbyist, Derek, was taken into hospital on March 30 and is understood to be in an unresponsive condition as he remains in a critical care unit. 

The star made sure she went all out for the ‘final’ clap for carers as she was seen cheering in the street with a toy tambourine. 

Upsetting: Kate was left emotional over the final clap for carers

Battle: Her husband Derek continues to fight coronavirus in hospital

Upsetting: Kate was left emotional over the final clap for carers as her husband Derek continues to fight coronavirus in hospital

Brave face: The star put on a brave face as she joined millions across the nation at 8pm for the 10th week in a row and went all out for the 'final' applause with a toy tambourine

Family: Kate took to Instagram shortly afterwards to share a video of her two children joining in as they sat on their London home's brick wall and tapped on miniature drums

Brave face: The star put on a brave face as she joined millions across the nation at 8pm for the 10th week in a row and went all out for the ‘final’ applause with a toy tambourine

The GMB star penned: 'Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style! Its been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it's coming to an end before Derek's ordeal with us.'

The GMB star penned: ‘Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style! Its been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it’s coming to an end before Derek’s ordeal with us.’ 

Kate’s two children sat on their home’s brick wall as they made noise and played on two miniature drums each.   

The presenter put on a brave face as she cheered and filmed her neighbours’ support during the nationwide applause on Thursday night.

Understandably so, Kate was overcome with emotion over the clapping as she was seen wiping away tears during the emotional scenes.

While the presenter went on to hug and kiss her two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, as the family supported each other during the challenging time. 

She added: 'But whether we clap or not next Thursday my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs goes on. They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it?'

Staying strong: 'I am having to find new ways of staying strong everyday for Darcey & Billy , as I know Derek would want me to. It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps,' she continued

She added: ‘But whether we clap or not next Thursday my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs goes on. They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it?’ 

Comfort: The star was sweetly comforted by her daughter Darcey, 14

Sweet: The teenager wrapped her arms around her tearful mother during the applause

Comfort: The star was sweetly comforted by her daughter Darcey, 14, who wrapped her arms around her tearful mother 

Going all out: The star made sure she went all out for the 'final' clap for carers as she was seen cheering in the street with a toy tambourine

Going all out: The star made sure she went all out for the ‘final’ clap for carers as she was seen cheering in the street with a toy tambourine 

Last week Kate shared another update about Derek in a heartfelt Instagram post, revealing that while her ‘heart sinks everyday’ her husband is ‘still here’ although his battle is ‘far from over’. He remains in ICU. 

Her GMB colleague Piers Morgan revealed Kate has been given ‘huge hope’ as she hears stories from coronavirus survivors. 

The lead presenter, 55, spoke about his close friend after hearing from a woman called Jo Tillbrook who survived coronavirus after a long stint in hospital. 

He said: ‘One of my colleagues, Kate Garraway, her husband has been very critically ill for a long period of time now. 

Lifting her spirits: The presenter put on a brave face as she filmed her neighbours' support during the nationwide applause on Thursday night

Joining in: Kate joined in and cheered along for the 'final' clap for carers

Lifting her spirits: The presenter put on a brave face as she cheered and filmed her neighbours’ support during the nationwide applause on Thursday night

Family: Kate's two children sat on their home's brick wall as they made noise and played on two miniature drums each

Family: Kate’s two children sat on their home’s brick wall as they made noise and played on two miniature drums each

Brave: Kate put on a brave face as she posed for a photo with Darcey as they filmed the 'final' clap for carers on Thursday night

Brave: Kate put on a brave face as she posed for a photo with Darcey as they filmed the ‘final’ clap for carers on Thursday night

‘And these sort of stories, I have to say, think give Kate huge hope when she hears and sees them.’

Jo’s husband Clive had been told to ‘prepare for the worst’ by doctors, who were concerned that Jo wouldn’t be able to recover – however she made a full recovery.  

Piers added: ‘She was in the very same position that Clive was in, you can’t see your loved one. You just have to muddle through, I guess.’ 

The journalist also acknowledged that Kate is ‘going through a living hell’ as she is unable to visit her sick partner.

Sweet: Kate shared a video of her two children clapping and playing on drums for their father during the weekly salute for NHS key workers

Family: Kate's son Billy, 10, playing on a drum

Sweet: Kate shared a video of her two children clapping and playing on drums for their father during the weekly salute for NHS key workers 

Emotional: Understandably so, Kate was overcome with emotion over the clapping as she was seen wiping away tears during the emotional scenes

Emotional: Understandably so, Kate was overcome with emotion over the clapping as she was seen wiping away tears during the emotional scenes

Piers said: ‘We haven’t talked about it much because Kate Garraway is going through a living hell like many people. Her husband has been in a very serious condition for many many weeks.

‘We can all just hope and pray he comes through it, but it’s been very, very difficult for Kate and her family.

‘We miss her here at the show, but obviously we stay in touch with her a lot. We send her and the kids all our love and we just wish Derek all the very best.’

Susanna Reid added: ‘We haven’t said much, we leave it up to Kate, because she updates fans on Thursdays after the Clap for Carers and then Ben Shephard updates viewers the next day.’  

Before the pandemic, Kate revealed the couple were set to renew their vows later this year after 15 years of marriage.

Weekly salute: Kate and her two children have been clapping each week to support the NHS amid Derek's coronavirus ordeal

Weekly salute: Kate and her two children have been clapping each week to support the NHS amid Derek’s coronavirus ordeal 

Supporting each other: While the presenter went on to hug and kiss her two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10

Support: The family supported each other through the challenging time

Supporting each other: While the presenter went on to hug and kiss her two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, as the family supported each other through the challenging time

The broadcaster was stunned when Derek proposed to her for a second time following her appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. 

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist. During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited.

He went on to write two books – Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support – before retraining as a psychotherapist. 

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her. 

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I'm A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Kate joined a slew of celebrities who took part with Katie Price, 42, also seen outside her new £4,250-a-month rented Surrey home on Thursday night as she took to her Instagram to share a video of herself clapping for carers. 

The mother-of-five, who is usually joined by her eldest child, Harvey, 18, each week, revealed that her son, who has autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially sighted and struggles with septo-optic dysplasia, was ‘knackered’ in bed after celebrating his birthday on Wednesday.

The former glamour model, who wore a pink tracksuit and matching sunglasses, went on to perform some tricks with her beloved protection dog Blade as she commanded him to sit and bark for the carers.  

Clap: Kate joined a slew of celebrities who took part with Katie Price (pictured), 42, also seen outside her new £4,250-a-month rented Surrey home on Thursday night as she took to her Instagram to share a video of herself clapping for carers

Children: The mother-of-five, who is usually joined by her eldest child, Harvey, 18, each week, revealed that her son, who has autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially sighted and struggles with septo-optic dysplasia, was 'knackered' in bed after celebrating his birthday on Wednesday

Clap: Kate joined a slew of celebrities who took part with Katie Price (pictured), 42, also seen outside her new £4,250-a-month rented Surrey home on Thursday night as she took to her Instagram to share a video of herself clapping for carers

The last clap? Rochelle Humes, who is pregnant with her third child - a baby boy, shared a sweet video of her eldest child, daughter Alaia-Mai, seven, clapping in their sitting room

The last clap? Rochelle Humes, who is pregnant with her third child – a baby boy, shared a sweet video of her eldest child, daughter Alaia-Mai, seven, clapping in their sitting room

Pretty in pink!: The former glamour model wore a pink tracksuit and matching sunglasses

Cute: She went on to perform some tricks with her beloved protection dog Blade as she commanded him to sit and bark for the carers

Cute: The former glamour model, who wore a pink tracksuit and matching sunglasses, went on to perform some tricks with her beloved protection dog Blade as she commanded him to sit and bark for the carers

Rochelle Humes, who is pregnant with her third child – a baby boy, shared a sweet video of her eldest child, daughter Alaia-Mai, seven, clapping in their sitting room. 

While Myleene Klass joined in with her three children – Ava, 12, Hero, nine, and Apollo, nine-months, outside her London home. 

However, Thursday’s salute could be the last one, after the founder of the event called on Britons to concentrate on other ways to support the NHS.  

Sweet: Myleene Klass joined in with her three children - Ava, 12, Hero, nine, and Apollo, nine-months, outside her London home

Family: The family were seen cheering and hitting wooden spoons

Sweet: Myleene Klass joined in with her three children – Ava, 12, Hero, nine, and Apollo, nine-months, outside her London home

Cute! Aston Merrygold and his pregnant fiancée Sarah Lou also took part by sharing a fun dance video with their son Grayson Jax, two

Not long! Sarah is due to welcome their second child any day

Cute! Aston Merrygold and his pregnant fiancée Sarah Lou also took part by sharing a fun dance video with their son Grayson Jax, two

Annemarie Plas told Good Morning Britain that it’s time to move on but praised people who’d taken part. 

Although she hopes neighbours will still come out onto their doorsteps to socialise at 8pm, the mother believes it’s now time to concentrate on concrete steps to improve conditions for key workers. 

Ms Plas, a Dutch national living in South London, said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support for the weekly ritual, but said it was better to stop when it was at ‘its peak’.  

As of Thursday there have been 269K confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 37,837 deaths in the UK alone.   

The end? However, Thursday's salute could be the last one, after the founder of the event, Annemarie Plas, called on Britons to concentrate on other ways to support the NHS

The end? However, Thursday’s salute could be the last one, after the founder of the event, Annemarie Plas, called on Britons to concentrate on other ways to support the NHS  

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