Kate Garraway gives heartfelt NTAs speech about husband's battle with COVID

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Kate Garraway has won at this year's National Television Awards for her documentary about husband Derek Draper's COVID-19 recovery.

The Good Morning Britain host was nominated for Best Authored Documentary – a brand new category – at UK TV's biggest night, returning for the first time since the pandemic began.

Last year, the journalist allowed cameras to document her story as her husband battled COVID, resulting in documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, directed by Lucy Wilcox.

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Garraway was visibly emotional as Davina McCall welcomed her to the stage, while the whole crowd gave her a supporting standing ovation.

Her acceptance speech was a poignant reflection of the effects of the pandemic and the uphill road to recovery for some.

"Lucy [Wilcox] arrived in our home not knowing if she was seeing a family in grief or in relief, and it ended up being something between the two," she said.

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Garraway also thanked all those who voted for her, saying "our story is your story".

"We've all been touched by the pandemic," she said.

"Whatever you're going through, you're not forgotten," she continued, saying "we want the joy back".

The journalist dedicated the award to her husband, wishing he could have been on stage to tell his story himself.

"Derek, you're gonna get the chance," she added as she lifted the award.

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Draper contracted the virus early into the worldwide pandemic, and was placed into intensive care for months. He was moved back to the family home where he is receiving around-the-clock care, as the side-effects and damage COVID has done to his body are still greatly affecting him.

Garraway has previously spoken out about the effects of "long COVID", such as fatigue, revealing that her husband is only awake for a few hours of each day.

Finding Derek was up against Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Rob Burrow: My Year with MND, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency and Marcus Rashford - Feeding Britain's Children.

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