Kate Garraway was overwhelmed with emotion as she won a National Television Award for her ITV documentary Finding Derek.
The 54-year-old released the heartfelt film earlier this year after allowing cameras to document her story as her husband Derek Draper battled coronavirus which left him fighting for his life.
Derek was hospitalised in March 2020 before he was admitted to an intensive care unit, remaining in a critical condition for 10 weeks, and was placed into an induced coma.
The documentary followed Kate as she continued to give her husband every inch of support whilst also looking after their two children and continuing to work.
As Davina McCall announced Kate Garraway: Finding Derek as the winner, a shocked Kate walked to the stage and accepted the award whilst the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Accepting the award, Kate said: “It was a hugely brave decision of ITV to commission this, they didn’t really know what they were making.
“A story about bereavement and triumph. In the end, really, it ended up being something between the two.”
Kate then bravely added: “Thank you so much for voting, I wonder if the reason why you did is because our story is your story. I think we’ve all been touched by the pandemic, whether it’s livelihood or mental health.
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“I just want to say to all the Darceys and Billys [referring to her and Derek’s kids] and Dereks and Derek’s families, whatever you’re going through, you’re not forgotten. We want the joy back, we want it to be over but the fight goes on.
“But most of all Derek, you should be here and should have had the chance to tell your own story. Derek, you’re going to get the chance, believe!”
Kate then raised the award in the air and stated: “The hope is real! Thank you so much.”
Piers Morgan led tributes to Kate as she collected her well-deserved award.
Posting on Twitter, the former Good Morning Britain host wrote: “Congrats @kategarraway – one of the bravest most inspiring people I’ve ever known. People have no idea of the true hell she’s going through because she’s always putting others first & never complains. Just pray her Derek comes out the other side. #ntas”
One fan of Kate’s added: “Crying for Kate Garraway here. To think there are some who will actually have an issue with that …”
A second added: “OMG I am CRYING for Kate Garraway. What a woman! #NTAs #NTAAwards #NTAs2021.”
“Not me crying at Kate Garraway winning,” stated another.
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