‘Feeling sad with the situation with Derek’ Kate Garraway explains her tearful NTAs speech

GMB: Kate Garraway feels torn about attending NTAs

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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 54, has candidly opened up on why she broke down in tears while accepting her NTA for her documentary, Finding Derek, this evening. The star won the best Authored Documentary award at this year’s National Television Awards, and was applauded with a standing ovation as she took to the stage to accept the gong.

Kate sobbed while discussing her husband Derek in her speech at the ceremony, opening up on the film, which shared an insight into her family life while the former political adviser spent a year in hospital being treated for the deadly virus.

Kate is now looking after Derek at home, as he recovers from his health battle, after the virus attacked his internal organs.

After leaving the stage, Kate explained why she became so emotional while collecting her trophy.

The star revealed: “There’s a lot of challenges that we are facing now.

“I am now experiencing being a 24-hour carer and challenges that are there. 

“We all know social care has been in the headlines. 

“Lots of people need help getting the health and social care that they need. 

“Definitely more stories to tell.”


She added to The Express, The Mirror, and Daily Star that she hopes Derek will be able to have a voice again soon and speak out on his experiences.

The mum-of-two said: “Let’s hope Derek’s voice will be in the stories. 

“We know he’s in there we just need to get him out.”

Kate went on to share why she felt uncertain about attending the NTAs this year, as she struggled with the idea of leaving her family at home.

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The presenter admitted: “I wasn’t sure if I was going to come.

“I love the NTAs but it felt a strange time to be leaving the family and I’ve been feeling quite sad with the situation with Derek. 

“Even coming in here I met a woman who said, ‘I lost my husband’, and it makes me think it was worth coming.”

Kate went on to share that Derek and the two children she shares with him, Darcey and Billy, have been watching the NTAs from home.

While accepting her award tonight at London’s O2 Arena, Kate said: “It was hugely brave decision of ITV to commission this, they didn’t really know what they were making.

“A story about bereavement and triumph. In the end, really, it ended up being something between the two.

“Thank you so much for voting, I wonder if the reason why you did is because our story is your story. I think we’ve all been touched by the pandemic, whether it’s livelihood or mental health.

“I just want to say to all the Darcey’s and Billy’s and Derek’s and Derek’s families, whatever you’re going through, you’re not forgotten. We want the joy back, we want it to be over but the fight goes on.

“But most of all Derek, you should be here and should have had the chance to tell your own story. Derek, you’re going to get the chance, believe! The hope is real! Thank you so much.”

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