Kate Garraway's celebrity friends and fans have been offering their encouragement and praise for her after seeing heartbreaking documentary Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek.
The Good Morning Britain and Life Stories star won awards last year for her ITV documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, which detailed husband Derek Draper's year-long stay in hospital battling COVID.
Last night, she invited the cameras back in to show what life had been like for them since he finally returned home last spring, bringing viewers to tears with the emotion of seeing their children welcome him back and the huge amount of caring work that Garraway now does.
Her GMB co-star and friend Ben Shephard, who appeared in the documentary offering his support, tweeted: "I don’t have the words to describe how proud + inspired I am by my wonderful friend @kategarraway Its such a tough personal story but one she’s sharing for those that don’t have the voice. I am so lucky to call her a friend, even if I have to endlessly tidy up after her."
Author Michael Rosen, who was in hospital with COVID just a couple of beds away from Draper and has been interviewed by Garraway on GMB, replied to Shephard: "Don’t know how Kate and you, as her friend, manage to interview me, given that I was two beds down from Derek for 48 days, and have come out of there relatively unscathed. It’s felt when I’ve been on the programme, like I’m rubbing salt in the wound."
Carol Vorderman tweeted: "Just watched Caring For Derek. What a wonderful human being our @kategarraway is, and has always been. I hope the treatment works and life improves for Derek and their lovely family."
Emmerdale star Lisa Riley added: "Wow😥 @kategarraway @itv YOU…….your family,strength beyond strength. #CaringForDerek you see the smallest changes,these keep you going💛the love you have for each other😥they broke the mould when they made you…the world NEEDS MORE KATE GARRAWAYS."
Many of Garraway's non-celebrity fans also offered their admiration for her.
Viewers shared their own stories, with one person writing: "Know the challenges so well as my brother had covid nearly two years ago and now in 24 hour care wish his story could get out there to as so many are suffering I feel for you so much xx"
Someone else added: "As a carer, in various ways I can tell you that what #KateGarraway has done and is doing is absolutely amazing. What a lovely, strong woman."
Another viewer tweeted: "I have nothing but respect for Kate Garraway. Caring is not easy. I have been caring for a severely brain damaged child for 43 and a half years 24/7 No one who is in not in that role has any idea what it is like so thank you Kate for showing the life of a carer. It is not easy."
Watch: Kate Garraway shows the reality of caring for husband Derek Draper