Kate Garraway left ‘overwhelmed’ as David Beckham and Matt Hancock reach out in support

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Kate Garraway, 53, has been left feeling “overwhelmed” at the reaction to her latest ITV documentary Finding Derek, after thousands across the nation were reduced to tears as they watched her husband’s nightmare health battle with Covid. The 53-year-old former lobbyist is the UK’s longest suffering patient, still in intensive care over a year after his admission to hospital.

She’s heard from both David Beckham and Matt Hancock. Everyone has been so supportive

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Among those tuning in last night were her Good Morning Britain colleagues and celebrity pals, including David Beckham and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

As we saw the pain and suffering Kate and her family have been through over the last year, a source has now revealed that many fans and public figures have reached out in support of the presenter during this tough time.

The insider reportedly told OK! Magazine: “Lots of people from all walks of life are supporting her and have been in touch.

“She’s heard from both David Beckham and Matt Hancock. Everyone has been so supportive.”

They continued: “It’s so heartbreaking. Everyone is saying how wonderful, caring and strong Kate is.

“Everyone wants the best for Kate and Derek and want to help as much as they can.”

In the documentary, the GMB star revealed not knowing the the extent of the effects long Covid has had on Derek’s brain is “scaring her more and more”, as he continues his slow recovery from the aftermath of the virus.

In the program, which was filmed over the last year, she says that while “I don’t think I ever really saw it (the situation) as giving up work,” that may be a possibility she has to face.

Kate then divulged: “The effects of Covid on Derek’s brain are scaring me more and more.

“I’m in constant contact with Derek’s doctors trying to understand their observations.”

One of his medical team was then heard detailing the “significant damage” he had suffered as a result, noting “there’s a lot to take in.”

And while the raw emotion captivated viewers at home who are praying for Derek to make a full recovery and be able to return to his family, some didn’t share the same view.

Among the glowing reviews and admiration for Kate, one social media user branded the documentary “shameful”.

They wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely shameful that Kate would film this!

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“It’s more Kate The journalist rather than Kate Garraway the wife!” they snapped.

In no time at all other viewers rushed to defend the GMB presenter, with one writing: “If you can be anything #BeKind I hope Derek’s children can’t read your silly negativity.”

Choosing not to reply directly, it became clear Kate had seen the original nasty remark, as she liked the latter response.

More fans flooded the comments section, urging the user to “walk a mile in Kate’s shoes” before judging.

“So sad that you feel compelled to post this. Feel really sorry for you. You must be really miserable. I hope life gets better for you so you don’t have to troll others,” one retorted.

Another added: “I’m sorry you feel this way, she was doing it to show what people not just herself are going through. As @benshephard said she has a voice which others don’t. Instead of being rude how about learn and be understanding.”

“Kate and her children have shown tonight the hell they are dealing with, have been and will continue to deal with but you get a ‘feeling’ and felt the need to tell one of her closest friends/work colleagues that she did this for her journalism career, shame on you,” a third commented.

Meanwhile, there were others who admitted the user is allowed to have a different opinion, however unpopular, writing: “He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m uneasy with this documentary too.”

The original Twitter troll then responded: “All I can say is, I just welcome a balanced opinion to initial reaction to the show.”

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is available to watch again on the ITV Hub.

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