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Kate Garraway's Christmas plans after husband Derek Draper's latest hospital admission

Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway has opened up on what Christmas will look like this year after Derek Draper was taken back into hospital.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Kate Garraway attends the UK Premiere of
Kate Garraway has shared her plans for Christmas. (WireImage)

Kate Garraway has shared her plans for a family Christmas after husband Derek Draper was taken back into hospital.

The Good Morning Britain host's life has changed dramatically since March 2020, when Draper contracted COVID and went on to spend over a year in hospital.

Although he is now back home, he needs round-the-clock care and has been in and out of hospital care since - including recently being admitted hospital again for further treatment.

Appearing on a new episode of Love Your Garden, Kate Garraway was shown sharing her new garden area with husband Derek Draper who remains wheelchair bound after his well-publicised battle with COVID-19.
Derek Draper now needs round-the-clock care. (ITV)

Garraway, 56, told OK! magazine: "Derek’s in hospital having some treatment. It’s not an emergency thing, it’s not a dramatic rush back into intensive care thank goodness – it’s something that started last year that we hope will lead to improvement."

Read more: Kate Garraway speaks candidly about realities of life with Derek Draper (HuffPost)

She opened up on her Christmas plans with Draper, 56, their two children Darcey, 17, and William, 14, and their wider family, explaining why she was planning to host everyone from both sides at their London home.

"It’s a practical solution because it’s quite challenging for Derek to travel," she said. "So it’s easier for people to come to us, which means they have to suffer my cooking."

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Kate Garraway, with her husband Derek Draper and her parents Gordon and Marilyn Garraway, after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, on June 28, 2023 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - Pool/Getty Images)
Derek Draper attended Kate Garraway's MBE service earlier this year. (Getty Images)

Garraway also added that she was planning to space Christmas celebrations out over four or five days to see as many family as possible.

Despite Draper's tough new reality, the broadcaster said that she was staying positive about what the future could hold for his recovery.

She said: "Every day we wait and see. There isn’t a dramatic improvement, but touch wood things haven’t gone backwards either. So we’re adjusting to a new normal."

Garraway has made two award-winning documentaries about how his illness has affected their lives, as well as publishing two books about their experiences.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Kate Garraway attends the best Heroes Awards 2023 at St. Ermin's Hotel on October 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hearst)
Kate Garraway says she will welcome her whole family to their home this Christmas. (Getty Images for Hearst)

She recently told the podcast Emotionally Speaking: "One of the challenges with Derek is we've never felt like he is safe, so every infection and rush back to hospital might be the moment he is taken from us. We are still hopeful he will improve but we have no clear timeline on this."

In September, Garraway had spoken to Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden for Heart Breakfast where she had also spoken about her constant worries for her husband.

She said: "We still don’t know just how much better Derek can get, or worse. So really every time he has a rush into hospital, we’re still in that adrenaline phase of, 'is this the moment where he could be taken from us'. But also, there’s so many spikes of progression that no one’s giving up hope that there isn’t going to be a movement forward. So it’s managing that rollercoaster."