‘Grateful’ Kate Garraway opens up about the help she’s received from neighbours

It's no secret that the outpouring of support Kate Garraway has received in the wake of her husband's covid battle has been immeasurable. But during the new show Walking With… Kate Garraway, the 54-year-old went into more detail about just how kind her neighbours have been.

Talking about the positive effects the pandemic has had on community spirit, Kate explained: "For me in my street, a lady up the road called Susie – I didn’t know her before lockdown – turned up one day with a cake and has come every week since with a cake… Every Saturday since Derek got sick in March 2020."

She continued: "She arrives and says, 'Here you go. Just a little something to make you smile.'"

Kate added: “I think that’s one of the things about this period of all our lives. Certainly for me, where we’ve had such intense periods of isolation and loneliness in lots of ways, the thing that’s offset that is how people that you don’t even know… just suddenly from nowhere… a community has been there all along.

"That’s a bit of this period that I really hope we can keep going with. The energy you put into your community comes back to you tenfold.”

Kate then went on to point out: "Our world is changed forever. You don’t know what’s around the corner.”

Derek sadly caught covid back in March 2020 and, although he is now home with his family, he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Kate, who has been by Derek's side every step of the way, revealed that shooting the programme was the "first time" she'd enjoyed a day to herself.

She said: “I think this is probably the first time – certainly since Derek contracted covid – that I’ve had a whole day to myself with no other purpose other than taking in the sights and sounds, just the joy of the countryside."

The star went on to explain how she has found the strength to cope during a turbulent few months.

The mum-of-two explained: "I was doing a lot of mindfulness and just trying to create some space in my head when it feels life is quite overwhelming. It’s much easier to do when you’re somewhere like this."

Looking optimistic, she added: "It’s much easier to hang onto the hope of a miracle isn’t it. The great sense that anything can happen.”

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