Susanna Reid, 50, was among the millions of people across the nation who were over the moon that Kate Garraway, 53, won an award at the National Television Awards on Thursday night for her documentary Finding Derek. The heart-wrenching film about her husband Derek Draper’s agonising battle with coronavirus was shortlisted for Best Authored Documentary, but left her with some concerns about attending the event ahead of the ceremony.
She admitted she felt “torn” asking people to vote for the documentary, saying it “felt wrong”.
But nevertheless, her ITV colleagues and others all over the UK were beyond elated that she won.
Taking to Twitter, Susanna penned a loving tribute to her pal.
“Huge congratulations to my amazing friend @kategarraway for winning the NTA for Finding Derek.
The presenter’s acceptance speech left fans tearful as she reflected on the effects of the pandemic.
“Lucy [Wilcox – director of Finding Derek] arrived in our home not knowing if she was seeing a family in grief or in relief, and it ended up being something between the two,” she said.
Kate went on to thank all those who voted for her, saying “our story is your story”.
“We’ve all been touched by the pandemic,” she noted.