KATE Garraway fought back tears on Good Morning Britain as she revealed the emotional reason she's attending the National Television Awards tonight.
The broadcaster, 54, said it initially "felt wrong" for her to attend the star-studded ceremony at London's O2 Arena where she is nominated in the Authored Documentary category.
She was also reluctant to plead for votes for Finding Derek because of its sensitive and serious subject matter.
But a chance meeting with a woman whose life was also turned upside down by the illness changed her mind.
The woman insisted she campaign for votes because of the impact it had on those who watched it, one of which was her late sister.
Tragically her sibling died two weeks ago after Covid ravaged her heart.
Hearing about the loss hit Kate hard, and she was visibly emotional as she recalled the conversation.
She wrote on Instagram last night: "It broke my heart. So now I am asking you to vote please – not for me but to highlight the thousands that have lost lives and livelihoods to covid , and to the thousands more that battle on devastated by it.
"Also for the millions of others who are facing terrible diagnoses of any illness, the tortuous wait for treatment as our NHS strains to cope. It would be wonderful if your vote meant they felt less forgotten and helped me to fight on for them. The link is in the bio."
GMB host Susanna Reid paid tribute to her co-star this morning, telling her: "Kate, I want to applaud you again for your absolutely remarkable documentary, Finding Derek, and the reason we're giving it a mention this morning is because tonight at the NTAs it's up for an award. It would be an enormous credit to you if it won that award."
Kate's husband Derek is the UK's longest-suffering Covid-19 patient and currently requires round-the-clock care as he recovers at home.
The political advisor was rushed to hospital with Covid in March 2020, and remained in the ICU for over a year after the virus "ravaged" his body.
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