Kate Garraway in tears as she claps for carers while husband's coronavirus battle continues

Julia Hunt
File photo of Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper, who is battling coronavirus.

Kate Garraway has said she was in tears over the weekly Clap For Carers possibly ending while her husband continues to fight the coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain star’s husband Derek Draper has been in hospital battling the virus since the end of March and Garraway often updates fans on his progress after the weekly applause for the NHS.

It is thought Thursday night’s clap could have been the last one, with the event becoming annual instead.

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Sharing a clip of her children Billy, 10, and Darcey, 14, banging drums as they applauded, Garraway said the clap had given her great comfort while her husband battles the illness.

She also told how she was having to find new ways of staying strong and that thinking “of how hard Derek is fighting and the bravery of all in the NHS” helped her.

“Hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!” Garraway, 53, said on Instagram.

“It’s been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it’s coming to an end while our fear for Derek goes on.

“But even if we don’t clap next Thursday it won’t diminish my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs.

Kate Garraway being kissed by husband Derek Draper at the 2007 National Televsision Awards (NTA's) at the Royal Albert Hall, west London.

“They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it?”

She went on: “I am having to find new ways of staying strong everyday for Darcey & Billy, as I know Derek would want me to.

“It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps.

Kate Garraway, her husband Derek Draper and their son Billy attend The Princess And The Frog special event at The Mayfair Hotel on January 24, 2010 (Jon Furniss/WireImage)

“Thanks so much for all your messages & thanks for sharing on club Garraway.com.

“Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through.”

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The presenter added the hashtag “#wherethereslifethereshope” to her moving message.

Garraway and Draper, 52, have been married since 2005.

The presenter recently penned a personal blog about her family’s struggle, saying the last few weeks had been “the hardest of my life”.