Kate Garraway FaceTimes husband Derek in hospital while clapping for the NHS: ‘I believe he can hear us’

15 May 2020, 10:06

Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper
Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper. Picture: Instagram/Kate Garraway/Rex Shutterstock

By Tom Eames

Kate Garraway gave fans an update on her husband Derek Draper last night, revealing that she FaceTimed him while he remains in hospital.

The Smooth Radio presenter connected with her husband via hospital staff, while she clapped for carers on Thursday evening.

Derek has been battling coronavirus in intensive care for several weeks, having tested positive in early April.

Kate shared a cute video of a Lego model her son Billy had made of the family, to place by his dad’s hospital bed. She wrote: "So our #nhsclap was a little different tonight. We still clapped & cheered as much as ever but I couldn’t film on my phone as had Derek on FaceTime throughout!

"Of course we can’t KNOW but I believe he can hear us & thought at least the incredible @nhs team’s looking after him would hear a fraction of our gratitude.

"Billy made this for his Dad’s carers to show how much he means to our family & to say thank you for fighting to bring him back to us.

"I am hoping they will let Derek have it by his bed. But even if they can’t THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts – you are superheroes."

In previous weeks, Kate had filmed her road clapping for carers working on the frontline each Thursday, while Derek has been in hospital.

Kate and Derek
Kate and Derek. Picture: Rex Shutterstock

The couple have been married for 15 years, and have two children together.

Everyone at Smooth Radio continues to send our love and positive thoughts to Kate and her family in this difficult time.