Kate Garraway thanks loved ones for support after 'tough' birthday without husband Derek Draper

TV Presenter Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards at Grosvenor House on April 3, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

Kate Garraway has reflected on the "tough" 53rd birthday she celebrated on 4 May which came while her husband Derek Draper is still critically ill with the coronavirus.

Draper was admitted to hospital with the virus at the end of March and last week saw Garraway describe their experience since as a "battle".

The Good Morning Britain host shared a throwback snap to Instagram of her spouse in a student newspaper, as a well as a photo of a biscuit-adorned cake.

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She wrote: "So yesterday was always going to be a tough one - 1st birthday in 16 years without Derek - so for the kids & I, his absence was very present.

"But we resolved to do what I think we are all having to do at the moment aren’t we - treasure & be grateful for the love around us - however distanced we are from it. And focus on the joy of life & love in the moment - the small things that are huge & really should be at the core of everyday, but usually the everyday gets in the way."

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Garraway, who shares daughter Darcey and son William with Draper, thanked those who had wished her well.

"So THANK YOU so much for all your messages they mean such a lot, to the friends @itv who sent chocolate for the kids & uplifting smellies for me , to mates who dropped off food, posh teabags & milk & made me smile at silliness ( derek is a great believer in the healing power of silliness), to my amazing family, to derek’s friends who sent me messages of fun times they have had with him ( pictured is when Derek was editing a student newspaper - insert your own “ his taste in birds” joke here!)," she commented.

Kate Garraway, alongside her husband Derek Draper and two children Darcey, 13, and Bill, 10, arrives back at Heathrow Airport after the 2019 series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

She added that the cake sent to her from Capital radio's Roman Kemp and Global, that owns both Capital and Smooth which Garraway presents, had originally ended up with the wrong person but eventually found its way to her.

Lastly, she commented: "But most of all thank you to the NHS teams keeping derek still with us e& battling everyday to inch him toward recovery.#hope #positivethinking #standtogether."

On Monday, Garraway's GMB co-host Ben Shephard wished his colleague a happy birthday whilst sharing that Draper was still critically ill.

"However you can celebrate today, we’re sending you lots and lots of love,” he said.