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Kate Garraway 'closes husband Derek's company amid huge Covid losses' in fresh heartache

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Kate Garraway, 54, has reportedly taken the decision to shut down husband Derek Draper’s firm, Astra Aspera Ltd. A voluntary liquidator was appointed on Tuesday to take control of the company’s assets.The psychotherapy business is thought to owe £184,000, which were racked up during the time Derek was fighting his battle against Covid.It was claimed that £125,000 of the full amount is owed in taxes.A friend of Kate reportedly said: “It's terribly sad."But Derek can't work and has no prospect of being able to do so in the near future, so Kate thought it best to close it down.”Express.co.uk has contacted Kate's reps for comment on the reports from the Daily Mail.Derek’s long-term Covid battle began in March 2020 when he was first diagnosed with the virus.Kate was appointed director of Astra Aspera Ltd last year as Derek continued to suffer the devastating symptoms of the disease.She has been outspoken about her husband’s gruelling journey to recovery for the past two years.Derek was left needing full-time care after the viral disease damaged his organs – including his liver, lungs, pancreas, kidney and heart.His leg muscles and tendons have also seized up from having to be placed in a long, medically induced coma.This means there’s a possibility he may never walk again.The Good Morning Britain star has documented her family’s ordeal on Finding Derek, a film that aired in Spring last year.Since then, Kate was worked on the docuseries Caring For Derek, a follow-up to the award-winning film.Speaking last month, Kate opened up on the impact long Covid has had on Derek, as well as herself.She said: “There are flashes of the old Derek and then he disappears again, and you’re left just feeling really lonely.”She added that Derek,.

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Kate Garraway has reportedly shut down her husband Derek Draper’s psychotherapy firm following his difficult battle with Covid-19.Derek, Kate’s husband of 17 years, suffered organ damage after he contracted the virus and now requires round-the-clock care.The company, Astra Aspera Ltd, reportedly owes £184,000 — including £125,000 in taxes and a liquidator was said to be appointed on Tuesday to break up the firm’s assets.A source told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s terribly sad, but Derek can’t work and has no prospect of being able to do so in the near future, so Kate thought it best to close it down.’Kate, 54, was also appointed director of the company last year following Derek’s Covid battle.Derek, 54, set up the company in 2011 after becoming a psychotherapist following his career as a political advisor.The dad-of-two spent a year in hospital with Covid, with Kate being open about how their lives have changed since.She recently released her second documentary, Caring For Derek, which gave a candid insight into the family.Kate admitted she ‘thought long and hard’ about letting cameras inside her household again, as she ‘wanted it to offer more’ than just sharing what her family has been through.The presenter ‘wanted to also shine a light on issues’ that affect others, and prayed it would ‘give hope to everyone who is battling on with whatever life has thrown at you.’She has since been celebrated by charities for raising awareness for carers, as Derek suffers long-lasting damage after contracting Covid in March 2020.The presenter is part of the gruelling care schedule for Derek, which includes her waking up every two hours each night to help the carer move him in bed.Good Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin oversleeps and misses