Ben Shephard shares emotional update on Kate Garraway's husband

Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard wished Kate Garraway a happy birthday as she turns 53 before sharing an emotional update on her husband, who is battling coronavirus.

Speaking on today’s programme alongside co-host Susanna Reid, the presenter delivered the news that Derek Draper is still critically ill in hospital with Covid-19.

‘We want to say happy birthday to Kate who turns 40/13 today,’ Ben began. ‘She’s with her family, of course, keeping everything crossed because Derek is still critically ill.

‘But we just want to say happy birthday, Kate! However you can celebrate today. We’re sending you lots and lots of love.’

Susanna added: ‘Huge love to all of you and the family of course.’

Kate’s husband Derek, 52, was rushed to hospital with symptoms on 30 March, with the presenter describing it the ‘hardest’ time of her life.

Kate returned to Twitter momentarily last week to thank a kind gesture from a well-wisher who had a candle lit for the presenter’s husband Derek.

Fans clearly have the popular presenter in their thoughts, though, with Kate responding to a couple of tweets on Wednesday to show she’s seeing the lovely messages being sent to her.

One Twitter user reached out the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here star on Tuesday night as they wrote: ‘My mum (who’s 80 next week and not a Twitter user!) has asked if I could let you know she lights a candle every day for Derek and for all those suffering from this horrendous virus.

‘We send you and your family lots of love.’

Clearly moved by the sweet gesture, Kate replied: ‘That’s so wonderful – thank you so much and sending love x #staypositive.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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