Kate Garraway gave ITV viewers an update about her husband Derek Draper’s health, as she showed him the ’emotional’ new garden she had worked on to try and help him recover
Kate Garraway has shared an update on her husband Derek Draper’s health as she spoke of the importance of gardening for her.
The Good Morning Britain presenter documented the work she had been doing in her garden to try and improve her and her family’s life, after Derek was left with serious and longstanding health issues following his battle with Covid two years ago.
Derek spent months in hospital, before finally being able to come home, but he still requires round the clock care, lots of which is provided by Kate herself and her two children – Billy and Darcy.
Speaking about how tough it is for her and the family with Derek’s condition, she explained on Love Your Garden tonight: “The garden needs to be more than a space to go into. I really want to grow some plants to improve our health and wellbeing.”
As she began work on her garden, Kate admitted she was excited about the prospect.
“I love the idea that there’s plants that look good, smell good and do good. I hope it works,” she said, as she started work on her garden, which will feature three different plant beds – one for plants that can be used to make tea, another with medicinal plants, including those with antioxidants and perennials, as well as a separate aromatherapy bed.
By the end of the programme, Kate explained what her gardening experience had taught her.
“If you look past the initial beauty of the plants, it can give you so much more. I haven’t quite proved you can grow yourself well but I think I’ve definitely learnt you can grow yourself happier,” she said.
Kate previously gave an update about Derek’s health, explaining how the whole battle has affected both him and her.
“I don’t know about mental wellbeing if I’m absolutely honest, because he is still so affected in terms of communication and mobility that I wouldn’t feel qualified to say whether it had had an impact in terms of depression and anxiety,” she said recently.
“I mean it must be I would have thought, because if you are still unable to communicate and very challenged mobility wise, and lung, and all the other things, then that is going to affect…”
She added: “It’s interesting isn’t it that now at last… everything was focused on the lungs, and then people were understanding there is fatigue, which is actually a neurological problem anyway, and now more and more we are realising the wider impact.”