Kate Garraway supported by Ben Shephard as she walks the red carpet at the NTAs

By Jasmine Allday

Kate Garraway was joined by her good friend Ben Shephard as she arrived at the National Television Awards on Thursday night.

The Good Morning Britain presenter has been nominated at this year's award show for her documentary about her husband Derek Draper's long and slow recovery from coronavirus.

And Kate was joined by her longtime pal Ben as she prepares to find out whether her Finding Derek documentary will scoop the big Authored Documentary prize at this year's ceremony.

Kate looked absolutely stunning n a sparkly long sleeve dress whilst Ben matched her in a velvet grey suit jacket.

Kate looked stunning in her long-sleeve dress (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
She was joined by Ben Shephard on the red carpet (Ian West/PA Wire)

The duo also shared a snap of them in the car on the way to the event.

Ben wrote: "On the way to the #NTAs with @kategarraway full sparkle for her and pussy willow blazer for me (her description not mine!?!?)"

Kate had previously confessed she wasn't even sure she was going to attend the ceremony with Derek, but was inspired to do so after a random stranger explained to her how the documentary had given her late sister - who passed away from damage done by coronavirus - so much hope.

"Have been feeling very torn about asking you to vote for our documentary #FindingDerek ‘s nomination for @officialntas tomorrow. I am very proud of it but felt I shouldn’t be asking for more from you," she began in a lengthy Instagram post.

"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. But a stranger just changed my mind! She was walking past our house & called out 'hope you win' .

Kate has been supporting Derek throughout his battle with long Covid (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)
Derek is now back at home after a long hospital stay - but he still has a long road to recovery ahead (James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"I thanked her but said didn’t think we would as so many good ones in the category & I hadn’t been campaigning for votes as others have. She looked horrified."

Kate went on to ask her fans and friends to vote for her documentary, to help long Covid sufferers not feel "forgotten".

"'But you must,' she said, 'my sister died from Covid damage two weeks ago. Her heart had been ruined by the virus last summer. She watched your documentary and it gave her so much hope,'" she recalled the lady saying.

Kate and Ben regularly present Good Morning Britain together (ITV)

She continued: "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."

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