Kate Garraway’s brave husband Derek Draper smiles on first outing since Covid battle

The GMB star Kate Garraway was pictured taking her husband Derek Draper on a trip to watch Cinderella at Richmond Theatre in London – his first outing since his harrowing Covid fight

Derek Draper and wife Kate Garraway seen with their family
Derek Draper smiles as he joins his wife on a trip to watch Cinderella at Richmond Theatre

Kate Garraway’s husband has been seen outside for the first time since he contracted Covid as the TV presenter spoke of the family’s “bumpy 24 hours”.

The GMB star, 54, was pictured with Derek Draper on a trip to watch Cinderella at Richmond Theatre in West London, last Wednesday.

The excursion, with the couple’s sons Darcy, 15, and son Billy, 12, was the first outing since Draper contracted Covid in 2020.

The panto stars Anton Du Beke, who was Garraway’s partner when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2007.

But the TV presenter revealed yesterday on her social media that her husband nearly enjoyed Christmas back in hospital after what she described as a “scare”.

Alongside a picture of Darcey and Billy, with their dad, Garraway wrote in her post: “So the last 24 hours has been bumpy – a scare that meant Derek might have had to go back into hospital (thankfully sorted by a visit from nurse/carer) , he has also had one of his ultra fatigue days so has been too weak to do much other than sleep.

Draper was seen out for the first time with his family in the emotional pictures



“I burnt the parsnips (Darcey’s favourite ) & got the ‘wrong’ Lego for Billy.

“But now snuggled up around Dad’s bed watching £nativity everything feels suddenly perfect Feel so grateful to have the chance to be together.

“Sending love & hoping you have found some joy today whatever your circumstances – merrychristmas all!”

Draper spent last December in hospital with Covid



Draper spent last December in hospital and was gravely ill after contracting coronavirus, a journey which TV presenter Garraway spoke openly about in the documentary Finding Derek earlier this year.

In the run up to Christmas, Garraway described being able to spend Christmas Eve with her husband for the first time since he fell seriously ill as “the biggest gift”.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on December 24, she said there was still a “long, long way to go” in his recovery, but added she felt grateful to have him home this festive period.

Draper still suffers from fatigue and has problems with his mobility



Offering an update on his health, she told viewers: “Obviously, he still has extraordinary problems with communication, mobility is very limited, massive problems with fatigue.”

However, reflecting on having him home, she said: “Last Christmas Eve, we did have a lot of promise and a lot of hope. But Derek was in hospital.

“We had no idea whether he was going to live or die, praying that it was going in the right direction.

Kate Garraway explained her husband had a turbulent Christmas health-wise


Kate Garraway/Instagram)

“A huge amount of gratitude for all the staff, the NHS teams that have kept him alive, and grateful that he was still alive as many other people have lost their life.

“And this year, of course, he’s home so we are spending Christmas together, and that is the biggest gift.

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“It’s kind of hard to get your head around really. But we have still got fears. Still got a long, long way to go. And still hugely grateful for everyone that kept him alive and saved his life thus far.”

Finding Derek won the authored documentary prize at the National Television Awards in September.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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