GMB: Maureen Lipman gives Kate soup
Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday and she brought a very special gift for presenter Kate Garraway, who was clearly taken aback by the gesture.
The 77-year-old, who plays Evelyn Plummer in the ITV soap, presented the host with a tub of her own homemade chicken soup which she decreed was a “universal panacea.”
She was on the show to discuss winning the Best Comedy Performance at the upcoming Inside Soap awards when she digressed to give Kate the thoughtful homemade gift.
“I brought you this. That’s my chicken soup. That’s my breaking-the-fast chicken soup. That’s for you to give to Derek,” she said.
As Kate gasped appreciatively she made a cheeky revelation saying: “There was a lot more but I spilt it on the dressing room floor.”
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Declaring it a “universal panacea” she said, “It can cure it really can, I ate only that when I had Covid,” she revealed.
Kate’s husband of 18 years Derek Draper suffered a rare and complicated health battle after Covid-19 left him in hospital for more than a year.
Kate provided updates on his condition throughout the pandemic and has since made a documentary about what life is like looking after him as well as campaigning for carer’s rights.
Although he is now living back at home with Kate and their two children, Darcy and Billy, in March she explained that he is still “very damaged”.
Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on Walt Disney Travel Company’s podcast Journey to the Magic she revealed: “It is challenging, he’s still very, very damaged.
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“He still can’t really move, still can’t really speak, still fed through tubes, and so there’s a long road ahead.
“It’s just, you just want it to be quicker and faster, of course, like everybody would.
“But it’s a challenging one – he spent most of last year in the hospital as well for various different things, so it was lovely to have him home.”
“But if you compare to last Christmas or the Christmas before, when he was still in hospital then you can see improvement.
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