Kate Garraway says her husband Derek is ‘the only person I want to give me a hug and he can’t do it’

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Kate Garraway appears in the new BBC show Walking With.. (PA)
Kate Garraway appears in the new BBC show Walking With.. (PA)

Kate Garraway said the “only person I want to give me a hug can’t do it” as she spoke of her agony at her husband Derek Draper’s condition.

The Good Morning Britain presenter said she had experienced “moments of great loneliness and fear” during her husband’s battle with long Covid and revealed she had used mindfulness to cope. 

Draper, a former political adviser and lobbyist, was in hospital for a year after being admitted with Covid symptoms in March 2020 and placed in a coma. He suffered multiple organ failure, and sustained damage to his liver and pancreas.

He returned home in April this year, and Kate has taken on the role of his primary carer.

Opening up for BBC2 show Walking With…, which airs on Wednesday, Kate revealed she was “grateful” that her husband had survived the 20-month ordeal.

She said: “It’s hard because the person I wanted to give me a hug is the person that can’t – and that’s Derek.

“There’s something about coming here and reminding yourself that you can feel the countryside wrapping its arms around you and giving you love back. I feel very grateful for today.”

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The show follows Kate around the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds, beginning her walk in Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire and eventually making her way to the hillside above Great Witcombe.

During the show, she describes the joy and solace she finds in the landscape. 

She added: “I think this is probably the first time, certainly since Derek contracted Covid, that I’ve had a whole day to myself with no purpose other than taking in the sights and sounds, just the joy of the countryside,

“I was doing a lot of mindfulness and trying to create some space in my head when it feels life is quite overwhelming.”

Last week, Kate admitted that her family must adapt to a “new normal” this Christmas as her husband continues to recover from long Covid.

Kate said she was “grateful” that her partner was “even here at all” but revealed that she hoped she would be able to bring him to his family in Chorley on Christmas Day.

Walking With… sees celebrities take scenic walks in various locations in the English countryside.

Other episodes feature famous faces including comedians Vic Reeves and Shappi Khorsandi and radio presenter Nick Grimshaw.

Kate’s episode airs at 7pm on Wednesday.

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