Kate Garraway reveals Derek has been back in hospital
Kate Garraway has been caring for her husband Derek Draper since 2020 after he contracted Covid-19 and has been reliant on a wheelchair since.
To add to the presenter’s anguish it has been reported the Good Morning Britain presenter has been hit with a massive £716,000 tax bill after closing down Derek’s psychotherapy business where Kate is also listed as a director of the company.
Derek had one of the worst-known reactions to coronavirus since the disease began to spread three years ago.
Kate revealed it had left him with issues in his digestive system, his liver, his heart, his brain and his nervous system.
The couple now faces deepening financial worries as they wait to hear how much they owe the taxman in the wake of the firm’s bankruptcy, according to the Daily Mail.
Derek, 55, is a trained psychotherapist and set up his own firm Astra Aspera Ltd in December 2011.
In March last year, the company was forced into liquidation with HMRC estimating the tax owed to total £124,000.
This was made up of VAT and PAYE/NIC due to a total of almost £54,000 and Corporation tax due to a total of just over £70,000.
But the latest documentation published by HMRC, as seen by Mail Online, shows they have now issued a claim to liquidators to the sum of £716,822.74. Liquidators are currently considering the claim.
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Kate Garraway’s representatives declined to comment when approached by Express.co.uk.
A friend of Kate’s told the Sun: “The figures are terrifying and Kate is of course worried about all the financial pressures, but she has to trust the process.
“When it comes to an end, she is determined to pay back anything that’s owed.
“It’s no secret that Kate has been battling to keep her husband alive and working through some heartbreaking situations in her personal life in recent years.
“Sadly as well as the emotional stress of Derek’s terrible illnesses the financial burden has also been crippling.”
In 2021, Kate revealed: “Covid has devastated him. His digestive system, his liver, his heart, his nervous system.
“We’re pretty sure the inflammation did pass through his brain. He is in a terrible state. But, look, he’s alive.”
In 2022 he was readmitted to the hospital and still requires complex healthcare.
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