Ben Shephard sends support to Kate Garraway following heartbreaking birthday post as husband battles coronavirus

Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard reached out to Kate Garraway following her heartbreaking birthday post.

The TV star revealed how devastated she was to spend her first birthday in 16 years without her husband Derek Draper as he battles coronavirus in intensive care.

Kate, who turned 53 earlier this week, has now been supported by her TV co-star Ben Shephard who publicly reached out to her to send his love during the difficult time.

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Taking to her recent post, Ben wrote: “We’re sending you loads of love, all of you.”

It comes as Kate revealed how she was remaining positive after Derek tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

Kate updated fans as she shared a photo of a birthday cake adorned with biscuits and an old photo of her husband from a newspaper clipping from his younger years.

Kate wrote alongside the snaps: “So yesterday was always going to be a tough one – 1st birthday in 16 years without Derek – so for the kids & I, his absence was very present.

“But we resolved to do what I think we are all having to do at the moment aren’t we – treasure & be grateful for the love around us – however distanced we are from it.

“And focus on the joy of life & love in the moment – the small things that are huge & really should be at the core of everyday but usually the everyday gets in the way.”

She continued: “So THANK YOU so much for all your messages they mean such a lot, to the friends @itv who sent chocolate for the kids & uplifting smellies for me , to mates who dropped off food, posh teabags & milk & made me smile at silliness ( derek is a great believer in the healing power of silliness), to my amazing family, to derek’s friends who sent me messages of fun times they have had with him

“(pictured is when Derek was editing a student newspaper – insert your own “ his taste in birds” joke here!)

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“And the strangers who got this cake >>> from @romankemp & all at @global & worked out it was actually meant for me ( was it the bourbons that gave it away??!!) – THANK YOU all.

“But most of all thank you to the NHS teams keeping derek still with us e& battling everyday to inch him toward recovery #hope #positivethinking #standtogether.”

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