Kate Garraway praises ‘incredible mums’ during ‘most challenging year ever’ as husband Derek marks one year in hospital

KATE Garraway has praised “incredible mums” during the “most challenging year ever”. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter, who is a judge for the Fabulous Mum of the Year Award, has just marked one year of husband Derek Draper being in hospital. 

Speaking about the inspiring mum nominees, Kate told Fabulous: “Being a judge and choosing a winner this year was unbelievably difficult, and probably the hardest yet. 

“The last 12 months really has shown us just how many incredible mums from all walks of life are out there. 

“Every single one of them, going above and beyond to help others in time of need, even during one of the most challenging years of everybody's lives.

“I wish I could have chosen them all. It was an absolute pleasure hearing each of their inspiring stories."


The Fabulous Mum of the Year Award was launched to pay homage to the best mums in Britain. 

After thousands of entrants, the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday March 14.

Many of the hero mums have been busy juggling childcare, homeschooling and work, with the added stress of worrying about the health of elderly relatives and vulnerable friends. 

The winner will receive an overnight stay for two at a Champneys spa of her choice complete with a Gold package, which includes four relaxing treatments for the ultimate pampering experience.

Two runners-up will Champneys goodie bag worth £50 plus a £100 M&S voucher and £200 Nutmeg at Morrisons voucher, and all three mums will enjoy a makeover with our glam squad before taking part in a photo shoot for the magazine.  

Judge Kate has opened up about how the kindness of strangers have helped her to remain strong over an extremely difficult and “dark” 12 months.



While Derek has beaten Covid, he's still in intensive care nearly a year after catching the virus.

He remains in a critical condition and is thought to be the UK's longest surviving Covid-19 inpatient.

The news anchor revealed that she still "can't visit or see" her husband amid the coronavirus restrictions.

She explained that she hasn't been allowed to see Derek for the past two months.

Derek and Kate married in 2005 and are mum and dad to 14-year-old Darcey as well as Billy, 11, with the two children able to visit their dad in hospital shortly before Christmas for the first time.

Kate returned to Good Morning Britain last month after an extended absence.

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