Kate Garraway marks ‘hard’ second Easter with no husband Derek at home amid a 13-month Covid battle

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Kate Garraway took to Instagram to celebrate her family’s second Easter, without her husband Derek Draper being home with them on Sunday.

The 53-year-old broadcaster wrote a heartfelt note insisting it was a ‘tough’ day, but added that she is grateful that he is ‘still here’ as he was 13 months into the fight against COVID-19 in the hospital continues to fight.

She wrote: ‘#happyeaster everyone – so hard it’s the second we’ve experienced in Lockdown / Restrictions and of course our second without Derek at home with us.

Kate Garraway took to Instagram to celebrate her family's second Easter without her husband Derek Draper being home with them on Sunday [pictured last week]

Kate Garraway took to Instagram to celebrate her family’s second Easter without her husband Derek Draper being home with them on Sunday [pictured last week]

“But he’s still there, so we’ve got so much to thank for and there’s not much to hope for.”

Kate also thanked her thoughtful neighbor, who came to the door with a delicious looking cake.

“Our day started off brightly and our amazing neighbor, who we call“ Cakesuzy ”, delivered the most amazing # easter cake she’d ever made herself!” Kate added.

Kate was showered with praise last week when her documentary, Finding Derek, aired on ITV, and recounts the harrowing year she went through as her husband continued the fight against the coronavirus.

Struggle: The broadcaster, 53, wrote a heartfelt note insisting it was a 'rough' day, but added that she is grateful he is 'still here' as he is still 13 months after the contract fights COVID-19 in hospital.

Struggle: The broadcaster, 53, wrote a heartfelt note insisting it was a 'rough' day, but added that she is grateful he is 'still here' as he is still 13 months after the contract fights COVID-19 in hospital.

Struggle: The broadcaster, 53, wrote a heartfelt note insisting it was a ‘rough’ day, but added that she is grateful he is ‘still here’ as he is still 13 months after the contract fights COVID-19 in hospital.

Kind gesture: Kate also thanked her thoughtful neighbor, who arrived at the door with a delicious looking cake

Kind gesture: Kate also thanked her thoughtful neighbor, who arrived at the door with a delicious looking cake

Kind gesture: Kate also thanked her thoughtful neighbor, who arrived at the door with a delicious looking cake

The program was ITV’s most watched actual show in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned in to it two weeks ago.

After the airing, Kate said she was “absolutely overwhelmed” by the positive response she received after the documentary, while continuing to provide insight into Derek’s recovery.

Finding Derek won the 9pm slot with an average of 4.5 million viewers, making it ITV’s largest actual nighttime audience in Tuesday’s 9pm slot in at least a decade.

It was also the channel’s largest actual nighttime audience all day at the 9pm slot since Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace in June.

Record-breaking: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek was ITV's most-watched factual show in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned in

Record-breaking: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek was ITV's most-watched factual show in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned in

Record-breaking: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek was ITV’s most-watched factual show in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned in

Finding Derek easily beat his closest competitor MasterChef, which earned just 3.3 million viewers on BBC One.

Kate filmed every step of Derek’s longstanding battle with COVID-19 after his hospitalization with the respiratory disease in March 2020 with the fly-on-the-wall program.

After watching the emotional one-hour documentary, many viewers and friends of the star took to social media to share their admiration for Kate and send their good wishes to Derek, also 53.

Viewers were left in ‘sad and happy’ tears over the poignant documentary, praising Kate for maintaining such a positive outlook during her husband’s health struggles.

Kate said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the positive response from viewers to the program when she returned to Good Morning Britain for the first time since Finding Derek aired.

Praised: Finding Derek won the 9pm slot with an average of 4.5 million viewers, becoming ITV's largest actual nighttime audience in Tuesday's 9pm slot in at least a decade

Praised: Finding Derek won the 9pm slot with an average of 4.5 million viewers, becoming ITV's largest actual nighttime audience in Tuesday's 9pm slot in at least a decade

Praised: Finding Derek won the 9pm slot with an average of 4.5 million viewers, becoming ITV’s largest actual nighttime audience in Tuesday’s 9pm slot in at least a decade

She said, “It has been absolutely overwhelming in a truly wonderful way.”

“ We talked Tuesday morning about how hard it was to think about filming it, but you were hoping it would bring some comfort to some people or maybe shine a light on a situation that … or for a group of people who may drift away in a way that is not focused.

‘I’ve had so many reactions from people. The response was extraordinary. I’ve gotten so many messages from people talking not only about COVID, but about experiences in their own lives where some of the things we’ve touched have had an impact.

‘Some people want to contact me directly because it is very personal. I actually do have an email address if people want to contact them directly, because I understand that they don’t want to post things on social media. ‘

Touched: On Thursday, Kate said she was 'overwhelmed' by the positive response from viewers to the program when she returned to Good Morning Britain after Finding Derek aired

Touched: On Thursday, Kate said she was 'overwhelmed' by the positive response from viewers to the program when she returned to Good Morning Britain after Finding Derek aired

Touched: On Thursday, Kate said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the positive response from viewers to the program when she returned to Good Morning Britain after Finding Derek aired

She added: ‘It’s part of Club Garraway that I started at the beginning of the year. I’ve kind of neglected it with everything that’s going on.

‘I’m a little distracted, but I’m going to get it working again and you can email me at kate@clubgarraway.com if you want to talk right away.

“There are a lot of things I would like to follow up because there are some really tough challenges that we all face.”

Kate admitted that Derek is headed for a “ challenging week this week and following ” and will continue to fight, but gave no further details.

She added: ‘Thank you very much for the response. The battle for Derek continues. He has a challenging week this week and next. And that’s how we all feel, we feel like the fight continues. ‘

Worryingly, after watching the one-hour documentary, many viewers and friends of the star took to social media to share their admiration for Kate and send their good wishes to Derek

Worryingly, after watching the one-hour documentary, many viewers and friends of the star took to social media to share their admiration for Kate and send their good wishes to Derek

Worryingly, after watching the one-hour documentary, many viewers and friends of the star took to social media to share their admiration for Kate and send their good wishes to Derek