Kate, 52, of Good Morning Britain, has kept his subscribers and colleagues at GMB informed of Derek’s condition since he was admitted to intensive care on March 30 to fight the deadly virus.
A fan tweeted Kate to tell her that her mother, in the late 70s, not a tweeter, “lights a candle every day for Derek.”
In a touching message of solidarity and goodwill, the fan wrote: “@kategarraway My mother (who is 80 next week and who is not a Twitter user!) Asked if I could let you know that ‘she lights a candle every day for Derek for all those who suffer. of this horrible virus.
“We send you and your family a lot of love. X. “
Kate was instantly moved by the gesture, writing, “It’s so wonderful – thank you very much and send love x #staypositive. “
Another told the story of a patient who was in intensive care for a while and recovered fully.
“Be positive …” they advised, “keep trying to give him verbal messages … the subconscious can sometimes hear. “
“Thank you very much x,” replied Kate.
A third tweeted, “Sending strength and love @kategarraway @benshephard @gmb. “
Kate’s co-host, Ben, returned to the lover, tweeting, “Thank you Rich – and thank you for all of your messages to Kate, Derek, Darcey and Billy.
“He is seriously ill but @kategarraway really wanted us to thank him for your continued support and send his love to everyone who has family members who are sick. “