Poor Kate Garraway has received another blow. Her Covid-hit husband’s once successful business has gone into liquidation with debts of nearly £200,000.
I can reveal that Derek Draper’s psychotherapy company, Astra Aspera Ltd, owes £184,000, including £125,000 in tax. A liquidator was appointed on Tuesday to dismantle the company’s assets.
“It’s terribly sad, but Derek can’t work and has no prospect of being able to in the near future, so Kate thought it best to shut it down,” one of his friends tells me.
Derek Draper’s psychotherapy company Astra Aspera Ltd owes £184,000 – including £125,000 in tax
Garraway, 54, was named manager last year after Draper, also 54, was struck down by Covid in 2020
Garraway, 54, was appointed manager last year after Draper, also 54, was stricken with Covid in 2020. The TV presenter revealed last month that she accompanied him to Mexico for a medical evaluation by an American doctor who may be able to reverse the damage Covid has done to his body.
They hired a specialist nurse to look after Draper during the 16-hour flight. He will return this month for a 28-day stay so doctors can monitor his brain, liver and lungs.
“Covid devastated it,” she said last year. “His digestive system, his liver, his heart, his nervous system. We’re pretty sure the inflammation went through his brain. He is in a terrible state.
The star had kept her worries about the business a secret despite making two emotionally charged documentaries about life with her husband
The star had kept her worries about the business a secret despite making two emotionally charged documentaries about life with her husband, including one last month titled Caring For Derek.
She recently became host of ITV’s Life Stories while caring for the couple’s children, Darcey, 15, and William, 12. But she also has to fund round-the-clock care for her husband, whom she married in 2005.
Astra Aspera’s name is an interpretation of the Latin expression “ad astra per aspera”, which means “towards the stars through difficulties”. Its estimated “deficit to creditors” is reported in an inventory signed by Garraway earlier this month.
Draper, who set up the business in 2011, had had a boom year before being hit by Covid, raking in nearly £1million.
The Mail on Sunday reported earlier this month that Garraway was determined to save the former Labour’s spin doctor business, but ultimately accepted the company would have to fold.