Kate Garraway has shared her email address so that she can speak with fans impacted by her emotional documentary Finding Derek.
The 53 year old starred in a one-off show following the year her husband Derek Draper, also 53, has spent in hospital with complications due to coronavirus.
Returning to Good Morning Britain for the first time since the documentary aired, Kate has revealed she is “overwhelmed” by the response she has received, and wants to be able to speak with fans about their own experiences.
Her co-host Susanna Reid, 50, said to her at the top of the show: “Kate, it’s the first time we have seen you since the extraordinary impact of your incredible documentary.
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“We spoke to you, of course, the morning that it went out but, my goodness, we were inundated yesterday morning with love and support for you from viewers who were, I think, blown away, frankly, by the story that you told. How have you felt that impact?”
Kate responded: “It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way. So many comments from people, and I guess we talked, didn’t we, on Tuesday morning about how it was quite a difficult decision to think about filming it but you hope it will comfort some people and, perhaps, shine a light on the situation of a whole group of people who are still suffering in a way that hasn’t been focussed on.
“The reaction’s been extraordinary and I’ve had so many messages from people talking not just about Covid but about experiences in their own life where some of the things that we touched on have been impacted.
“Some people say they want to get in touch with me personally, actually, because it’s quite personal. So what I was going to say is I do have an email address, it’s all free, if people want to get in touch with me directly because I do understand they don’t want to put things on social media.
“It’s part of Club Garraway which I started doing at the beginning of the year. I have neglected it somewhat, I must admit, with everything that’s been going on, I’ve been slightly distracted, but you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk directly.
“I think there’s lots of things that I’d like to follow up on because there are some really difficult challenges we’re all facing aren’t there, let’s be honest.”
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A source close to Kate told OK! online on Wednesday that Kate had been overwhelmed by the public’s response – and has even received support from the likes of David Beckham and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The insider said: “Kate has had an overwhelming response from the documentary.
“Lots of people from all walks of life are supporting her and have been in touch – she’s heard from both David Beckham and Matt Hancock. Everyone has been so supportive.
“It’s so heartbreaking. Everyone is saying how wonderful, caring and strong Kate is. Everyone wants the best for Kate and Derek and want to help as much as they can.
“Kate did the documentary because she wanted to give back to other people, which goes to show how wonderful she is.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is available to watch on ITV Hub.