Kate Garraway praises husband Derek’s ‘incredible fighting spirit’ after NTA win

Kate Garraway thanked her husband for his “incredible fighting spirit” as she won the documentary author award at the National Television Awards for the second year in a row.

The Good Morning Britain presenter spoke about the “care crisis” in her acceptance speech, while praising professional and unpaid carers in the UK for the work they do. .

Garraway won an award last year for a show about her family’s life after her husband, former political adviser Derek Draper, spent a year in hospital being treated for coronavirus.

She won the award for a second time on Thursday for her follow-up show, Caring For Derek, in which Mr Draper and Garraway shared insights into their family life as he continued to fight. with long-term effects from the virus.


The presenter (centre) won the Documentary Author award at the National Television Awards for the second year in a row (Ian West/PA)

Shortly after she revealed that Mr Draper had returned to the hospital after contracting sepsis, but she and her family hoped he would return home again soon.

“Well, I really didn’t expect this. So the mercy of that is that this will be brief, because I had very little preparation. I want to thank you all,” Garraway said.

“I brought my daughter here Darcey, we spoke to Derek – he’s back in the hospital at the moment fighting unbelievable and we hope he comes home again. .

“I want to thank Derek for his incredible fighting spirit.

“I want to thank ITV for having the courage to put something truly emotional in all these incredible documentaries of interest.

“We have a care crisis in our country. But we don’t have a love crisis.

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“The professional carers are phenomenal; Millions of people care for the people they love is extraordinary. And I think that’s probably why you voted for this because you know that we all feel alone for you.

“We all need care and love. Thank you very much. It means the world to all of those people. “

Garraway had previously told the PA news agency that being nominated in this category was “sad and bittersweet”, but the response to her film was “awesome”.

“You wouldn’t really want a spot to do that documentary because it wouldn’t be a situation that you would choose,” she told PA, speaking on the NTA red carpet.


Garraway attended the NTA on Thursday with his daughter Darcey (Ian West/PA)

“However, there were many nights where we feared that Derek would be completely taken from us. So the fact that he fights so well and we have the opportunity to take care of him, is a wonderful thing.

“And for the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of carers, professional carers, the millions of unpaid carers across the country who are caring for loved ones, I think that’s one thing. great.”

Caring For Derek beats other tough documentaries including Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next; Julia Bradbury: Breast cancer and me; and Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism.

Also nominated was a film by late The Wanted frontman Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

Parker passed away earlier this year from a terminal brain tumor at the age of 33.

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