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Kate Garraway discusses the first time being away from family since husband Derek’s COVID struggle

Kate Garraway discusses her first time being away from her family since husband Derek’s COVID-19 battle as she filmed new BBC show


Kate Garraway has discussed what it was like to be away from her husband Derek Draper for the first time since he was hospitalised with Covid-19 complications back in March 2020. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show Walking With… where she takes a hike through the Cotswold countryside. 

While on the show, Kate, who also now acts as her husband’s carer, spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace.  

Away: Kate Garraway, 54, has discussed what it was like to be away from her husband Derek Draper, also 54, for the first time since he was hospitalised with Covid-19 complications back in March 2020

A drone follows Kate around the sprawling greenery as she walks on her own speaking about her challenges while also meeting with locals. 

She spoke to PA news agency: ‘I think it’s the first time I’ve been on my own since Derek was sick, really, because in between that I’m sort of flitting between working and children and going to the hospital when Derek was in hospital and being at home with him now he’s at home. 

‘To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do.’  

She went on: ‘I think it’s important to do that, because you need to sort of put a bit of petrol in the car, don’t you, in order to tackle all the things in life that we have to tackle.’

New show: The Good Morning Britain presenter was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show Walking With... where she takes a hike through the Cotswold countryside

New show: The Good Morning Britain presenter was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show Walking With… where she takes a hike through the Cotswold countryside

Happy place: While on the show, Kate, who also now acts as her husband's carer, spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace

Happy place: While on the show, Kate, who also now acts as her husband’s carer, spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace

Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage. 

On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled pneumonia and fought infections which punctured holes in his lungs.  

Kate made a documentary about the journey, which went on to win a National Television Award for best Authored Documentary.  

Solace: She spoke to PA news agency : 'I think it's the first time I've been on my own since Derek was sick

Solace: She spoke to PA news agency : ‘I think it’s the first time I’ve been on my own since Derek was sick

Relaxed: 'To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do'

Relaxed: ‘To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do’ 

It has now been confirmed that there will be a follow-up film, which will document the family’s life since Derek’s return home. 

The exact date of the release of the second film has not yet been confirmed but will air on ITV this winter. 

Kate has also written a book describing the journey called The Power Of Hope.

Sad: Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage

Sad: Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage

Tough: Kate filmed every step of Derek's year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness last year and is set to release a follow up  (pictured in the documentary)

Tough: Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness last year and is set to release a follow up  (pictured in the documentary)  

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