Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway, 54, has revealed that her husband Derek Draper is back in hospital amid his recovery from Covid-19. Hopefully Derek will be back at home with Kate and their children Darcey, 16, and Billy, 12, soon and there's a haven waiting for him as Kate has enlisted radical changes at her private London home.
The presenter invited cameras into her home for the ITV documentary, Finding Derek, it was revealed that the family home had been totally transformed in order for her husband to continue his recovery at home after his original 374 day stint in hospital.
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In the original programme, Kate could be seen working with tradesmen and occupational therapists to plan how they could transform the downstairs area to make it accessible. She explained: "We are planning for ground-floor living, presuming he will be on a stretcher or in a wheelchair." The work included installing a ramp outside their property so a wheelchair could be able to enter with ease, and they are also considering a lift to the garden.
She also disclosed plans to "sleep downstairs on a put-me-up bed" to be close to her husband, reinforcing that she thought it's "important".
They also converted their garage into a wet room for Derek, and once work was finished in the ground-floor bathroom, she explained that she had even chosen small mosaic tiles because they are the ones that Derek likes.
Kate's house has been renovated to allow access for Derek
Kate and Derek's children Darcey and Billy featured heavily in the show, and Billy expressed his upset with the house's upheaval during the renovation works.
The rest of the GMB's star's house was shown throughout the hour-long documentary, revealing that she has a huge stack of picture frames that her husband was planning on putting up prior to his illness, and she confessed that she could not face putting them up without him.
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Kate invited HELLO! inside her home in July 2020, as she expressed her gratitude for the property as a sanctuary during Derek's illness. The family planted fruit and vegetables together, including a strawberry plant next to Derek's favourite chair. Gardening together has also provided them with the opportunity to discuss their feelings as well as serve as a distraction from their worries.
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