Ben Shephard pleads with fans to vote for Kate Garraway’s Finding Derek doc at NTAs

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Ben Shephard has made a plea to fans asking them to vote for his longtime friend and colleague Kate Garraway’s documentary Finding Derek at the National Television Awards.

The Good Morning Britain presenter has known Kate for decades throughout their careers, and Ben was even featured on the heartbreaking programme giving his support to the mum-of-two.

Finding Derek follows Kate through hers and husband Derek Draper’s journey after he contracted Covid-19 in March last year.

The star’s husband suffered a number of complications and was put on a ventilator in an induced coma for months.

Ahead of tonight’s NTAs, which sees Kate, 54, going up against the likes of Katie Price and Marcus Rashford in the category of Authored Documentary, Ben did his best to support his co-host.


The 46 year old shared a snap of them together alongside a heartfelt post on both his Twitter and Instagram pages.

"So incredibly proud of my amazing, brilliant, and at times bonkers friend @kategarraway and her family,” the Tipping Point presenter wrote.

“I have lived this story with her and her strength resilience and enduring positivity in the face of such a stark reality never fails to inspire me.

The journalist went on to give his followers a link to help with the voting process.

"Her documentary is up for an #NTA along with some other incredibly powerful and important films,” the star added. “If you can vote that would be amazing."

The other documentaries in the shortlist are Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency and Rob Burrow: My Year With MND.

Fans praised Ben for his caring post and were all in agreement over how incredibly well Kate has handled the toughest year of her life.

"The way Kate has carried herself and her family has been amazing she has shown such empathy and courage during all of this I myself am disabled I've one thing to say Kate garraway your amazing,” one follower encouraged.

While another posted: “I had the absolute pleasure to meet her, she came to my school in Nottinghamshire to inspire the children I teach to go into the Creative industry.

“She was absolutely phenomenal & many of them went on to study the Arts, I will never be able to thank her enough, amazing person."

It comes as Kate shared her own Instagram post saying she was wavering over whether to actually attend the awards ceremony, and even wondered whether to ask her fans to vote.

“Have been feeling very torn about asking you to vote for our documentary #FindingDerek ‘s nomination for @officialntas tomorrow,” she shared honestly, a month after hoping she could take Derek to the ceremony with her. “I am very proud of it but felt I shouldn’t be asking for more from you.

“I have even wondered if I shouldn’t go to such a sparkling event and take time away from the family who need me now more than ever,” the star went on, but added that a chance encounter with a stranger wishing her luck encouraged her to after all.

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