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Kate Garraway joins the nation in clapping for carers amid lockdown

She shared a moving tribute to her husband Derek Draper after spending her first birthday in 16 years without him as he battles COVID-19 in intensive care.

And Kate Garraway revealed her beloved spouse is still ‘fighting so hard’ to beat coronavirus, as she joined millions of people around the country in a nationwide applause for the NHS, police and key workers on Thursday.

The Good Morning Britain host, 53, cut a casual figure as she stood on the street outside her house and filmed her neighbours joining in the applause.

Showing support: Kate Garraway, 53, joined millions of people around the country in a nationwide applause for the NHS, police and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic 

Taking to Instagram, Kate shared a video of her street once again applauding NHS staff with some even setting off red, white and blue smoke flares in honour of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. 

In a lengthy caption she updated fans on Derek’s condition, revealing he’s ‘still with us,’ as he continues to battle the virus.

Kate added she’s still ‘awestruck’ by NHS workers working on the frontline to fight the deadly virus, and urged her fans to take inspiration from Captain Tom Moore ahead of the Second World War Anniversary on Friday. 

Love: The broadcaster also told fans that her husband Derek was 'still with us' and 'fighting so hard,' as he continues to battle COVID-19 in hospital (pictured together in December)

Love: The broadcaster also told fans that her husband Derek was ‘still with us’ and ‘fighting so hard,’ as he continues to battle COVID-19 in hospital (pictured together in December) 

Amazing: Taking to Instagram Kate shared a video of her street once again applauding NHS staff with some even setting off colourful smoke flares in honour of Victory in Europe (VE) Day

Amazing: Taking to Instagram Kate shared a video of her street once again applauding NHS staff with some even setting off colourful smoke flares in honour of Victory in Europe (VE) Day

Kate wrote: ‘The neighbours turned into ”red arrows” tonight for #clapthecarers #nhs & #keyworkers.

‘Have taken so much comfort & inspiration from the spirit of the country beautifully personified by Captain Tom these past few weeks………and with VE Day tomorrow it’s a reminder of the strength and resilience that we all have within us if we pull together and keep going. 

‘Derek is still with us, fighting so hard to beat this virus & everyday I am awestruck by how hard every member of the nhs team is fighting to turn things around & bring him ( & so many others) home to their loved ones. 

‘You are amazing – thank you thank you Sending love to you all in these terrible times #staypositive #hope #standtogether.’

Still fighting: The broadcaster went onto praise NHS staff for caring for her husband and the nation during the pandemic

Still fighting: The broadcaster went onto praise NHS staff for caring for her husband and the nation during the pandemic

Kate donned a pale blue hoodie for the evening along with a pair of blue denim shorts and a pair of dark shoes as she stood outside her home to applaud NHS staff.

The broadcaster completed her look for the evening by styling her blonde locks into an updo.  

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star looked in good spirits as she clapped for the country’s key workers.

It comes after Kate’s Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard said she is ‘finding comfort’ in talking to her husband every day as he continues to fight COVID-19.

Clap for carers: Kate cut a casual figure as she stood on the street outside her house

Clap for carers: She filmed her neighbours joining in the applause

Clap for carers: Kate cut a casual figure as she stood on the street outside her house and filmed her neighbours joining in the applause

Family: Kate was joined by her daughter Darcey, 14, as she filmed the applause

Family: Kate was joined by her daughter Darcey, 14, as she filmed the applause 

Casual: The star was sporting a cosy grey hoodie and denim cut-off shorts

Snap snap: She documented this week's Clap For Carers

Casual: The star was sporting a cosy grey hoodie and denim cut-off shorts as she documented this week’s Clap For Carers

Derek Draper is understood to be in an unresponsive critical condition after being admitted to hospital with the deadly bug, which has so far claimed over 269,000 lives, on May 8.

But devoted Kate is said to be phoning her husband, with whom she raises children Darcey, 14, and William, 10, on a daily basis while he remains on a ventilator in intensive care.

Talking to COVID-19 survivor Julie Stanfield, her daughter Gabrielle and the NHS staff who saved her life on Wednesday’s edition of GMB, Ben, 45, admitted his co-host had found a degree of reassurance in calling Derek. 

He said: ‘One of our colleagues, Kate Garraway, has said that one of the things that has been really comforting for her is the fact that the staff are taking her phone in the evenings and she can talk to her husband.

‘She has no idea if he’s responding but it certainly gives her a sense of comfort and there is the hope that it is.’ 

Difficult: Kate has been openly sharing insight into her husband Derek's battle with coronavirus

Difficult: Kate has been openly sharing insight into her husband Derek’s battle with coronavirus 

We love you! She joined most of the UK honouring NHS and other key workers during the coronavirus pandemic

We love you! She joined most of the UK honouring NHS and other key workers during the coronavirus pandemic

Support: She was seen filming the applause outside of her home during the lockdown

Support: She was seen filming the applause outside of her home during the lockdown

Reassurance: It comes after Kate's Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard said she is 'finding comfort' in talking to her husband every day as he continues to fight COVID-19

Reassurance: It comes after Kate’s Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard said she is ‘finding comfort’ in talking to her husband every day as he continues to fight COVID-19

Unresponsive: Derek Draper is understood to be in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital with the deadly bug

Unresponsive: Derek Draper is understood to be in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital with the deadly bug

He added: ‘It is an incredibly touching and personal thing to do to take that phone and be there for the families of these patients.’ 

Kate recently shared a moving tribute to Derek after spending her first birthday in 16 years without him.

The Good Morning Britain presenter turned 53 on May 4th, and admitted it was a ‘tough one’ for her family as her spouse continues to fight for his life in hospital following his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Opening up: Talking to COVID-19 survivor Julie Stanfield, her daughter Gabrielle and the NHS staff who saved her life, Ben admitted his co-host had found a degree of reassurance in calling Derek

Opening up: Talking to COVID-19 survivor Julie Stanfield, her daughter Gabrielle and the NHS staff who saved her life, Ben admitted his co-host had found a degree of reassurance in calling Derek

Kate resolved to stay positive and be grateful for the ‘joy of life’, thanking her friends and family for their kind gestures of support and gifts to make her day better.

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: ‘So yesterday was always going to be a tough one – 1st birthday in 16 years without Derek – so for the kids & I, his absence was very present.

‘But we resolved to do what I think we are all having to do at the moment aren’t we – treasure & be grateful for the love around us – however distanced we are from it .

Care: Devoted Kate is said to be phoning her husband, with whom she raises children Darcey, 14, and William, 10, on a daily basis while he remains on a ventilator in intensive care

Care: Devoted Kate is said to be phoning her husband, with whom she raises children Darcey, 14, and William, 10, on a daily basis while he remains on a ventilator in intensive care

‘And focus on the joy of life & love in the moment – the small things that are huge & really should be at the core of everyday but usually the everyday gets in the way.’

Kate accompanied her post with two pictures – a throwback snap of Derek in his younger years at university, and a picture of the birthday cake she received from her I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmate Roman Kemp. 

She continued: ‘So THANK YOU so much for all your messages they mean such a lot, to the friends @itv who sent chocolate for the kids & uplifting smellies for me, to mates who dropped off food, posh teabags & milk & made me smile at silliness.

‘(Derek is a great believer in the healing power of silliness), to my amazing family, to derek’s friends who sent me messages of fun times they have had with him.

Tough: The Good Morning Britain presenter turned 53 on May 4th, and she told Instagram followers t was a 'tough one' for her family as her spouse continues to fight for his life in hospital following his COVID-19 diagnosis

She shared a heartfelt caption

Tough: The Good Morning Britain presenter turned 53 on May 4th, and she told Instagram followers t was a ‘tough one’ for her family as her spouse continues to fight for his life in hospital following his COVID-19 diagnosis

Missing her husband: Kate accompanied her post with two pictures - including a throwback snap of Derek in his younger years at university. She joked, 'insert your own “ his taste in birds” joke here!)'

Missing her husband: Kate accompanied her post with two pictures – including a throwback snap of Derek in his younger years at university. She joked, ‘insert your own ‘ his taste in birds’ joke here!)’

‘(Pictured is when Derek was editing a student newspaper – insert your own ‘ his taste in birds’ joke here!)

‘And the strangers who got this cake >>> from @romankemp & all at @global & worked out it was actually meant for me ( was it the bourbons that gave it away??!!) – THANK YOU all.

‘But most of all thank you to the NHS teams keeping derek still with us e& battling everyday to inch him toward recovery #hope #positivethinking #standtogether.’ 

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