“Kate has never once complained or asked, ‘Why me?’ She has simply soldiered on, reassuring and raising her children, praising the NHS and helping others in the same boat,” Lorraine added.
“At times it has been a lonely, miserable, tough voyage through uncharted waters. But Kate steered a stoic and steady course throughout.”
The journalist will be sitting alongside Ben for a couple of days this week, before another one of her colleagues takes over.
It is also thought the broadcaster will be returning to her duties at Smooth Radio where she hosts her popular show.