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Kate Garraway makes emotional plea ahead of special milestone with husband Derek

The GMB star will celebrate her 16th wedding anniversary this week

Sharnaz Shahid

It's a big week for Kate Garraway as the Good Morning Britain star is set to celebrate her 16th wedding anniversary with husband Derek Draper on Friday.

But ahead of the milestone, the presenter's emotional documentary, Finding Derek, is up for an award at the National Television Awards on Thursday.

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Asking fans to vote, Kate wrote on Instagram: "I am so honoured that Finding Derek is among some incredible and extraordinary documentaries nominated for a National Television Award this Thursday."

"It has been wonderful to be given the chance to give a voice to Derek and all those who can't share the devastation Covid has inflicted on them."

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WATCH: Kate Garraway's heartbreaking update on husband Derek

Asking fans to vote, Kate wrote on Instagram: "I am so honoured that Finding Derek is among some incredible and extraordinary documentaries nominated for a National Television Award this Thursday."

She added: "If you still wish to cast your vote then please find the voting link in my bio xxxx Good luck to @romankemp @katieprice @marcusrashford @rob7lindsey xxx.

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In a second post a few hours later, the star shared how a moving encounter had convinced her that she should ask people to vote for her documentary, Finding Derek, which follows Kate's family's journey as her husband battled coronavirus.

The presenter wrote: "Have been feeling very torn about asking you to vote for our documentary #FindingDerek ‘s nomination for @officialntas tomorrow. I am very proud of it but felt I shouldn’t be asking for more from you... But a stranger just changed my mind!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kate shared an emotional experience with her fans

Kate then shared that the sister of the woman she spoke to had died due to post-Covid organ damage, but that the programme had given her hope.

"It broke my heart," Kate went on, adding: "So now I am asking you to vote please - not for me but to highlight the thousands that have lost lives and livelihoods to covid, and to the thousands more that battle on devastated by it.

"Also for the millions of others who are facing terrible diagnoses of any illness, the tortuous wait for treatment as our NHS strains to cope. It would be wonderful if your vote meant they felt less forgotten and helped me to fight on for them."

"I didn't know until I read the papers this morning. It's wonderful for the production company and for Derek," shared Kate last month after the nominations were released.

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Kate's Finding Derek is up for an NTA

On the logistics of taking Derek to the event, the 54-year-old - who shares children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, with her partner - explained: "I was trying to look at the dates and work out the logistics of how that might work.

"There are some brilliant people in the category, there's some brilliant documentaries, I don't think for the moment we'll win. But it would be lovely for him to be there."

In March 2020, 54-year-old Derek was admitted to hospital after he contracted coronavirus. He was placed into an induced coma as his blood oxygen levels severely dropped.

After 12 months in hospital, Derek has returned home and is receiving round-the-clock care.

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