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Gethin Jones discusses ‘tough’ Kym Marsh’s battle with Covid as she supports terminally ill dad

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Gethin Jones has praised his "tough" Morning Live co-host Kym Marsh as she battles coronavirus.

Kym, 45, contracted the virus from her son David, 26, whilst she took time off work to care for him whilst he battled the bug.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, he has praised the former Coronation Street actress, who is also supporting her dad following his terminal prostate cancer diagnosis.

He told us: "She's a tough girl, Kym. Nobody is more frustrated than her right now in terms of wanting to be at work and stuff, but you've got to do it.

"She went home to care for her family because that's what you do, her son had Covid so it was more than likely that she was going to catch it as well but, you know, family first, bottom line."

Gethin continued: "At the BBC, there's a lot of freelancers and we're so vigilant with everything that we do. Working from home, being two metres apart, one person in a lift – whatever it is, we're doing it because we want to protect each other.

"Kym doesn't want to put anybody else at risk, hence why she's at home. But she is just frustrated like so many other people who don't want to be isolated but she's just doing the right thing.


"She'll be back next week and we can spend some time together before we break up for the summer."

The former Blue Peter presenter also touched on how Kym's dad's incurable prostate cancer diagnosis is a "massive worry" for her.

"She's just trying to be there for him," Gethin explained. "At the moment he's ok, there's a lot going on for her."

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Gethin spoke to OK! in conjunction with The People's Benches, an initiative by National Lottery which sees benches dedicated to members of the community who went above and beyond during the pandemic.

Gethin unveiled community hero Rhian Manning’s bench at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Wales, marking the work of her 2 Wish Upon A Star charity.

He said of her work: "It's such a meaningful campaign by an incredible woman getting recognised for going above and beyond, especially during the pandemic.

"I met Rhian and had heard of her story before but can never quite process it. To lose her one year old son like she did and then her partner going away a couple of days later and never coming back, dying by suicide. How do you process that?

"She's turned it around and it's just remarkable and part of that was through National Lottery money, she set up 2 Wish Upon A Star and it's changing many people's lives.

"I can't even imagine what child bereavement is like but to have a support network funded by National Lottery ticket money is a pretty nice thing to have."

Gethin Jones has teamed up with The National Lottery to celebrate The People’s Benches. Gethin unveiled community hero Rhian Manning’s bench at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Wales, marking the work of her ‘2 Wish Upon A Star’ charity. The UK-wide series of bench installations, designed by Jay Blades, honours those who went above and beyond during the pandemic. The campaign celebrates the £36 million which is raised by National Lottery players each week in the UK for good cause. More information can be found here

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