Kate Garraway gets response from council after 'unsettling' post about Derek

Kate Garraway, GMB, Monday 5th February 2024
Kate Garraway took to X to contact the council -Credit:ITV

Kate Garraway has finally heard back from the council following her urgent calls for help regarding 'unsettling' mail sent to her late husband, Derek Draper.

The Good Morning Britain presenter reached out to Haringey Council in London via social media earlier this week, expressing her distress over "unsettling post making demands" that her late husband could not possibly deal with.

On X, previously known as Twitter, she detailed her attempts to contact the council about Derek, who sadly passed away at the age of 56 in January.

In a series of tweets, Kate, 56, described being on hold for nearly 50 minutes while trying to address the issue of the disturbing correspondence received by Derek, as writes the Mirror.

Her tweet at just after 5pm on Tuesday read: "@haringeycouncil - please help - have been trying for ten days [solid] to speak to someone about my husband passing away - following unsettling post making demands which obviously he can't respond to. I just cannot get through. Again today nearly 50 mins wait and before I could."

She continued in a follow-up tweet: "@haringeycouncil ... the man put me straight back to the beginning - another 20 mins and then it timed out as shuts at 5pm. Is there a bereavement service or SOMETHING! ! ! ! ".

Following her posts earlier in the week, fans have shown their support for Kate. Haringey Council has replied to her initial tweet, inviting her to share more details via a direct message on Wednesday morning.

The council's reply tweet read: "Hello Kate. I'm sorry to hear that. Please send us a DM and provide the details of your enquiry along with your contact details and I'll see what i can do to help. Thank you. PS."


Kate recently appeared alongside Derek in the ITV documentary 'Derek's Story'. This was her third collaboration with the broadcaster about her late husband, following 'Finding Derek' and 'Caring for Derek'.

In the latest instalment, the focus was the final year of Derek's life, including glimpses into his life before Covid-19 took hold. It referenced his political career and relationship with Kate.

ITV shared a synopsis about the project saying: "With around five million unpaid carers in England and Wales, the film also highlights the often prohibitive costs as well as practical difficulties, of caring for people within their homes."

Derek passed away in January, after battling serious health issues over recent years. He spent more than a year hospitalised during the Covid pandemic.

On announcing his passing, Kate paid tribute, saying: "I was so lucky to have you in my life."

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