Kate Garraway reveals 'new normal' Christmas plans with Derek after Covid battle

Kate Garraway has revealed that Christmas this year with her husband Derek Draper will be the ‘new normal’ for them, with the star opening up about their plans.

The Good Morning Britain host is hoping to get her husband home to Chorley to spend time with his side of the family over the festive period after his battle with Covid-19 in hospital.

She told Woman’s Own: ‘This year, we have got him home – and fingers crossed we can keep him home. Of course, he’s not going to be putting on his Santa costume, going out with [daughter] Darcey for a father-and-daughter Christmas shop or the same with [son] Billy.

‘None of those things are on the horizon at the moment so it’s adjusting to a new normal but also grateful he’s here at all, which we didn’t have at all last year and feared would never happen.’

The mum-of-two added: ‘The dream would be to get Derek to Chorley [with the Draper side of the family]. At the moment, moving him is a big problem: it’s exhausting for him.

‘If not, maybe the Drapers could come to us for a big gathering, Covid permitting. And certainly I’ll be seeing the Garraways but my oven is broken so I’m not sure anyone wants to come to me.’

Last year, Kate and her family had a difficult Christmas with Derek still in hospital.

On top of that, she had a string of bad luck as her house flooded and her fridge broke.

The 54-year-old described it as a ‘challenging’ time, thanking people like her friend Emma Willis for their support.

Derek was in hospital for a year battling Covid, returning home in April this year.

He suffered from rare brain inflammation and the virus attacked his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas, with doctors saying that Derek had the worst Covid infection of any surviving patient.

Earlier this year, Kate admitted there are still ‘huge challenges’ ahead.

‘He’s very up and down. We’re certainly a long way out of the woods,’ she explained of her husband of 16 years during a GMB episode.

Kate added: ‘Being home has meant we’ve seen some things improve, definitely having the family around, having the children around has provided stimulation and the problem is you latch onto the positives – which is good, because you have to, but there’s absolutely no doubt that there’s huge challenges ahead.’

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