Kate Garraway: ‘Ashamed’ of Debt from Derek’s Care Costs vs. ITV Salary

Kate Garraway emotionally admitted she feels “ashamed” at being in debt after the cost of husband Derek Draper’s care exceeded her ITV salary.

It comes as the presenter, 56, admitted the £16,000 monthly cost of her husband Derek Draper’s care was more than her salary from ITV and caused her to rack up huge debts. Kate sadly announced that her husband had died at the age of 56 in January, after a lengthy battle with the long-term effects of Covid.

The final year of his life is documented in a new documentary that airs on ITV on Tuesday night, Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story, in which Draper speaks on camera for the first time, saying: “I want you to hear my story”, adding: “I want to be heard.”

During Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, Kate got emotional and admitted it was “horrific” watching back the documentary knowing that Derek will die, especially as Derek airs his agony and frustration over his predicament in the programme.

Elsewhere, Kate admitted she feels “ashamed” at being in debt, she said: “I am ashamed of the fact that I am in debt.” This prompted host Richard Madeley to ask why as Kate explained: “Well because I have an incredible job that I love, that’s very well paid.

“I’m not a carer, travelling miles, paying their own transport to go and help somebody for minimum wage. I’m somebody who is very well paid and so I just feel ashamed that I couldn’t make it work.”

The presenter later got emotional during the interview as she fought back tears, saying: “It’s difficult because I try to remove my personal grief because I think this is a really important thing that we have to tackle [raising awareness of care system].”

In the documentary which airs on Tuesday night, Kate says: “Derek’s care costs more than my salary from ITV and that is before you pay for a mortgage, before you pay any household bills, before you pay for anything for the kids, so we are at a crunch point.

“I am in debt. I can’t earn enough money to cover my debt because I am managing Derek’s care and I can’t even use the money I do have to support Derek’s recovery because it’s going on the basics all the time”, adding: “I’m not going to pretend that I am poorly paid, I have an incredible job that I love, which is well-paid, but it’s not enough.”

Kate has previously documented the impact of caring for Derek in two other ITV documentaries – Finding Derek and Caring For Derek. In the upcoming new documentary, Kate says: “Time and time again the system tell us that Derek isn’t sick enough, doesn’t have enough of a health need to qualify for funded care.

“I’ve appealed but that still hasn’t been processed two-and-a-half, three years later. If this is what it’s like for me, what on Earth is it like for everybody else? Something has to be done, or the whole service, the people working in it, everything is going to break. Derek’s care, the basic needs, not including any therapy, which I am happy to pay on top, is nearly £4,000 a week. How can I afford that? How can anybody afford £16,000 a month? Please God, there could be another 40 years of this.”

Kate continues: “We are entirely reliant on extraordinary carers but the system in which they work in unbelievably complicated, and underfunded, and trying to meet an impossible need. Why is it that people who get sick and it’s no longer considered the right thing for them to be in hospital… why does coming home feel like falling off a cliff?”

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