ITV GMB's Kate Garraway in 'constant pain' over loss of husband Derek and supported by ITV colleagues

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Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway is dealing with "constant pain" after the loss of her husband, Derek Draper, revealed co-presenter Charlotte Hawkins. In an interview with Best Magazine, Charlotte recounted how the whole ITV team had to "pull together" to support Kate, during this challenging period.

Charlotte said: "When Kate lost her husband, Derek, in January, everyone pulled together to support her. She's been through an extraordinarily tough time." She further added: "When you lose someone that you love very much, it's constant pain. You wonder what the way forward will be it's not a question of getting over it, but learning to live with it."

Derek died from long Covid complications at just 56 years of age, leaving behind wife Kate and their two kids, Darcey and Billy. Recognising Kate's strength in raising her children amidst this heartbreaking loss, Charlotte explained: "It's going to take time for Kate to heal, but she knows we're all here for her."

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Adding further distress to the situation, only one polling card arrived at the Garraway household this month addressed to the late Derek. Neither Kate nor newly adult daughter Darcey received their own voting cards, reports the Daily Star.

Kate shared her disappointment, saying: "I'm in a situation, I was very excited about it, I thought my daughter and I, who has turned 18 recently, could go and vote for the first time. She's now saying she doesn't think she did properly register. Polling cards have come through the door, I haven't had one for myself or her. The only polling card that's come through the door is for Derek, sadly, who's passed away."

She also expressed concern for others in similar predicaments: "Is there any way around that situation because there are many people saying 'I haven't received a card' or 'I have received a card I think but I can't remember and I don't know if I've lost it'. What do you do about registration at this late stage? " Unfortunately, it was too late for Kate to register to vote in the 2024 election.

The loss of her husband Derek was announced by Kate earlier this year: "I'm sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away. As some of you may know he has been critically ill following a cardiac arrest in early December which, because of the damage inflicted by Covid in March 2020, led to further complications

"Derek was surrounded by his family in his final days and I was by his side holding his hand throughout the last long hours and when he passed. I have so much more to say, and of course I will do so in due course, but for now I just want to thank all the medical teams who fought so hard to save him and to make his final moments as comfortable and dignified as possible.

"Sending so much love and thanks to all of you who have so generously given our family so much support. Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life."

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