NTA viewers in tears as emotional Kate Garraway wins gong for moving Covid doc about husband Derek

KATE Garraway left viewers in tears as she accepted a National Television Award for her moving documentary about husband Derek’s Covid battle. 

The emotional Good Morning Britain presenter wiped away her own tears as she accepted the gong on stage at the star-studded event at London’s 02 Arena.

The show, broadcast live on ITV, saw Kate win the Authored Documentary category for Finding Derek, which chronicled his year long hospitalisation after being struck down by the virus.

Speaking as she picked up the gong, the shocked star said:"Thank you so much. It was hugely brave decision of ITV to commission this they didn’t know what they were making, they didn’t know they were making a story about bereavement or about a triumph.

"Lucy arrived at our home not knowing if she was seeing a family in grief or relief. In the end really it ended up being something between the two."

Fighting back tears, she continued:"Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason you did because our story is your story. We have all been touched by the pandemic. Whether it’s livelihood, mental health, all the other extraordinary documentaries which have been highlighted and nominated tonight, they have also been affected by the pandemic.

"And I want to say to all the other Darcey’s and Billy’s and Derek’s – whatever you’re going through and however you are affected, you are not forgotten.

"We want the joy back. We want it to be over. But if you are still living with the scares. The fight goes on. But of course, most of all, Derek. Who should be here. Who should have the chance to tell his story, Derek, you are going to get the chance. Believe. The hope is real."

Those watching at home were incredibly moved and took to Twitter to comment on it.

One person wrote: “Tears running down my face, well done to Kate and to Derek! So we’ll deserved #NTAs.”

A second added: “In tears for KATE GARRAWAY FINDING DEREK #NTAs.”

While a third remarked: “I am in absolute tears for Kate and Derek man #NTAs.”

Finding Derek showed how Kate had battled to continue working on GMB  while caring for Derek, who spent months in a coma due to his illness, as well as looking after their two children.

It beat off stiff competition from other nominees in the category including Katie Price for her doc about her dilemma looking for a new school for her seriously disabled son Harvey and Marcus Rashford’s doc on his battle to secure school meals.

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