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Kate Garraway racked up debt after cost of husband Derek Draper’s care exceeded his ITV salary


Kate Garraway has revealed that the monthly cost of caring for her husband Derek Draper cost more than his ITV salary – forcing him to rack up huge debts.

The Good Morning Britain presenter announced that her husband had died in early January after several years of serious health complications due to COVID.

The former political advisor was 56 years old.

Garraway previously said she was spending £16,000 a month on her husband’s basic care and mobility therapy.

Now, in a new documentary chronicling the final year of Draper’s life, the presenter admits the huge costs left her in debt.

“Derek’s care costs more than my ITV salary and that’s before paying a mortgage, before paying household bills, before paying anything for the children, so we are at a critical point” , Garraway said during the show. .

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Garraway says she was left with huge debts. Photo: ITV/PA

“I’m in debt. I can’t make enough money to cover my debt because I’m managing Derek’s care and I can’t even use the money I have to support Derek’s recovery because he’s concentrate all the time on the essentials.”

She adds: “I’m not going to pretend that I’m poorly paid, I have an incredible job that I love, which is well paid, but it’s not enough.”

During two previous ITV documentaries – Finding Derek and Caring For Derek – Garraway said the cost of basic care for her husband was £4,000 a week, not including the cost of therapy.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper in 2006. Photo: David Fisher/Shutterstock
The couple in 2006. Photo: David Fisher/Shutterstock

The presenter, 56, said at the time: “How can I afford this? How can anyone afford £16,000 a month?

“Please, God, this could last another 40 years.”

Explaining the impact of taking care of her husband, the presenter says on the show that she is not strong enough to push her husband’s wheelchair or put him to bed.

“We are completely dependent on extraordinary caregivers, but the system they work in is incredibly complicated, underfunded, and trying to meet an impossible need,” she says.

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“Why is it that people who get sick and it’s no longer considered a good thing for them to be in the hospital…why does coming home feel like falling from a cliff ?”

Draper ended up with significant damage to his organs and needed daily care after contracting COVID in March 2020.

He was considered one of the longest suffering COVID patients and returned to his family home after spending 13 months in hospital.

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In the latest show, Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story, Draper is first heard speaking on camera, saying, “I want you to hear my story.”

“I want to be heard,” he adds.

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Draper fell ill after contracting COVID in 2020. Photo: ITV/PA

During the program, Garraway said officials told him Draper “wasn’t sick enough” and “didn’t have enough health needs to qualify for funded care.”

“I appealed but it still hasn’t been processed two and a half, three years later,” she said.

“If it’s like that for me, what does it mean for everyone else?

“Something has to be done, otherwise the whole service, the people who work there, everything will collapse.”

Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story airs on Tuesday March 26 at 9pm on ITV1, ITVX and STV.


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