Charlotte Hawkins says she is ‘full of admiration’ for her GMB co-star Kate Garraway

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Charlotte Hawkins has said she is “full of admiration” for her GMB co-star Kate Garraway amid her husband Derek Draper’s ongoing health struggles.

Kate, 54, has endured a harrowing few months after Derek, 53, became seriously ill with Covid in 2020 and spent more than a year in intensive care – he has since returned to the family home but has a long way to go to go into his recovery.

She praised her ‘brave’ co-star, Charlotte sweetly told Hey! magazine: ‘She always has a smile on her face and despite everything she’s been through, she’s been so brave.

Sweet: Charlotte Hawkins has said she is ‘completely admiring’ her GMB co-star Kate Garraway amid her husband Derek Draper’s ongoing health struggles (pictured Monday in London)

“I am full of admiration for how strong she has been, to be able to do interviews about Covid and that people are sick.

“We’re all there for her 100% and we’re all watching to make sure Derek is okay.”

Elsewhere during the interview, Charlotte reflected on spending lockdown with her husband Mark Herbert and their daughter Ella, six.

The ITV star said it has taught her to ‘protect family time’ and have a ‘balance’ rather than ‘cram so much into her schedule’.

'Brave': Charlotte praised her 'brave' co-star and said sweetly to Hello!  magazine: 'She always has a smile on her face and despite everything she's been through, she's been so brave.'

‘Brave’: Charlotte praised her ‘brave’ co-star and said sweetly to Hello! magazine: ‘She always has a smile on her face and despite everything she’s been through, she’s been so brave.’

Difficult time: Kate, 54, has endured a harrowing few months after Derek, 53, became seriously ill with Covid in 2020 and spent over a year in intensive care - he has since returned to the family home but has yet to a long way to go go in his recovery

Difficult time: Kate, 54, has endured a harrowing few months after Derek, 53, became seriously ill with Covid in 2020 and spent over a year in intensive care – he has since returned to the family home but has yet to a long way to go go in his recovery

Charlotte mentioned some of the lockdown activities her family enjoyed and said they played board games and even camped in the backyard.

Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband Derek’s health, saying he “can’t really move” and still has minimal communication.

The presenter appeared on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show and said her husband is still “devastated” by the virus, having previously been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery.

She said, “He came home on April 7, so we’ve been on it for a few weeks now. How is he doing? Look, he’s been devastated by Covid.

Wonderful: Charlotte added: 'I am full of admiration for how strong she has been, to be able to do interviews about Covid and that people are sick.'

Support: The presenter continued,

Wonderful: Charlotte added: ‘I am full of admiration for how strong she has been, to be able to do interviews about Covid and that people are sick.’

Family: Elsewhere during the interview, Charlotte reflected on spending lockdown with her husband Mark Herbert and their daughter Ella, six

Family: Elsewhere during the interview, Charlotte reflected on spending lockdown with her husband Mark Herbert and their daughter Ella, six

‘He can’t really move, his communication is very minimal. There are times when you feel like you know he’s there. He has a lot of memory.

“But access is very limited. He’s a long way from the Derek Draper you know Andrew, but he’s home and he’s alive, he’s sleeping now.”

Andrew replied, “Give him all our love and all our best wishes.”

Kate recently revealed that she has had the same EDMR therapy Prince Harry has had, after the royal family documented a session in its new mental health documentary.

Health: Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband Derek's health, saying he 'can't really move' and still has minimal communication

Health: Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband Derek’s health, saying he ‘can’t really move’ and still has minimal communication

Speaking to Good Morning Britain last month, Kate said she too had tried the therapy, which offers bilateral stimulation by tapping the hands or moving the eyes quickly to help overcome the effects of psychological trauma.

Explaining the therapy, Kate said, ‘It’s called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, kind of a mouthful, I’ve actually had a little bit of it.

“It’s not a million miles away from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, processes like this. It has less to do with therapy where you talk about your childhood, it’s more practical.’

dr. Amir Khan said: ‘People who have had traumatic life experiences generally tend to bury it in their minds and in their brains, and it prevents them from healing.

Recovery: Kate said her husband is still 'devastated' by the virus, having previously been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery

Recovery: Kate said her husband is still ‘devastated’ by the virus, having previously been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery

“Then they get things like post-traumatic stress disorder, and what this therapy aims to do is unlock some of that.”

dr. Amir continued: “What we saw there is Harry uses external stimuli by tapping his shoulder, and the therapist will ask the patient to focus on a traumatic memory, and while doing so, they will either close their eyes.” move quickly after their hands, or use external stimuli such as tapping.’

Kate described Harry’s mental health revelations on his Apple TV+ show as “heartbreaking.”

Kate and Derek’s trauma started at the beginning of the pandemic last year when he was taken to hospital in March 2020 with very low oxygen levels.

Talk: Kate recently revealed she has had the same EDMR therapy Prince Harry has had, after the royal documented a session in his new mental health documentary

Talk: Kate recently revealed she has had the same EDMR therapy Prince Harry has had, after the royal documented a session in his new mental health documentary

His condition deteriorated and he became one of the most affected patients, he remained in intensive care for a year and despite returning home, he is seriously ill and continues to suffer from complications after contracting the virus.

Asked about the prospect of giving up during her year of hell, Kate said, “No and really, what’s the choice? If I give up, I’ll throw in the towel…

“Derek didn’t give up, he didn’t throw in the towel, the nurses and doctors didn’t throw in the towel? I think hope is tangible and concrete when you can make it that way…

“There is hope, you still have to think about hope in the future and many people have helped me to have hope for the future.”

It comes after Kate’s new emotional memoir about Derek’s battle with Covid jumped to the top of the book charts in its first week of sales last month.

The Good Morning Britain host’s book The Power Of Hope chronicles Derek’s ordeal in rough detail.

Kate’s new memoir also pays tribute to “the brilliant team of doctors and specialists” who cared for Derek.

Not only has it topped the UK Official Top 50 book list, but has jumped straight into Amazon’s Most Sold: Non-Fiction list – knocking Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet out of the top spot and Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The horse.

In the emotional memoir, Kate describes how the toughest experience of her life began in March last year, when Derek – who recently returned home amid his horrific battle with the coronavirus – was taken to hospital with very low oxygen levels.

Harrowing: Kate and Derek's trauma started at the start of the pandemic last year when he was taken to hospital in March 2020 with very low oxygen levels

Harrowing: Kate and Derek’s trauma started at the start of the pandemic last year when he was taken to hospital in March 2020 with very low oxygen levels

His condition deteriorated and he became one of the most affected patients and spent a year in intensive care.

Despite Derek’s recent return home, Derek remains gravely ill and doctors say he was the most critically ill patient to survive the virus.

She not only talks about how the illness took over their lives, but also writes about how she copes with the uncertainty of their future and how she helps their two children – Darcey (15) and Billy (11) – through this traumatic time.

Discussing her path to publishing the book, Kate gave a candid interview, attributing her notes to Piers Morgan, saying, “It was actually Piers Morgan who said very early on, ‘You’ve got to write this…’

“And I didn’t, really, because there didn’t seem to be time to write things down. But he said just write words that you’ll remember because he said you won’t remember some of these things.”

Chart-topping: Kate's new emotional memoir (pictured) about her husband's battle with Covid jumped to the top of the book charts in its first week of sales last month

Chart-topping: Kate’s new emotional memoir (pictured) about her husband’s battle with Covid jumped to the top of the book charts in its first week of sales last month

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