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Kate Garraway Reveals Financial Struggles Over Husband’s Care Costs in New Documentary

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Kate Garraway Reveals Financial Struggles Over Husband's Care Costs In New Documentary

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has opened up about the significant financial challenges she faces due to her husband Derek Draper’s ongoing care costs in a new documentary.

Garraway shared that the monthly expenses for Draper’s care surpass her salary from ITV, leading to mounting debts for the family.

The former political adviser, Derek Draper, who battled severe health complications following a COVID illness in March 2020, passed away at the age of 56, leaving Garraway and their children, Darcey and Billy, grappling with the repercussions.

In the documentary titled ‘Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story,’ the presenter candidly discusses the financial strain brought on by Derek’s care, highlighting the immense costs involved in providing round-the-clock support.

Garraway expressed that the basic care expenses alone for her husband totaled almost £4,000 per week, leaving the family in a dire financial situation. She admitted that despite her well-paid job at ITV, the costs exceeded her income, driving them into debt.

Throughout the film, Garraway sheds light on the challenges faced by at-home carers and emphasizes the complexities and underfunding of the care system, which struggles to meet the escalating needs of individuals like Derek and their families.

Addressing the pressing issue of financial assistance for carers, Garraway criticized the existing system’s flaws, including what she described as a ‘classic postcode lottery,’ determining who receives adequate financial support.

‘Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story’ is scheduled to air on ITV1, ITVX, and STV, offering viewers a poignant insight into the Garraway family’s journey and shedding light on the broader challenges faced by families dealing with long-term care needs.

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