Simon Thomas reveals son got him cushion made from late wife’s skirt

Widowed presenter Simon Thomas reveals his new girlfriend helped his son create a cushion made from his late wife Gemma’s skirt – and calls it his ‘absolute favourite’ birthday gift

  • Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas lost wife Gemma in November 2017
  • Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, left channel to spend more time with Ethan, 8
  • He took to Instagram to thank son and his rumoured girlfriend Derrina Jebb, 27 
  • They had a cushion made from late wife’s skirt as a birthday present for him 
  • e-mail

4

View
comments

Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has shared a picture of the touching birthday gift he received from his son, and the woman thought to be his new girlfriend.

The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who left the channel last year to spend more time with son Ethan, 8, after losing wife Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram this week to share a picture of the cushion he received, made from his late wife’s skirt.

Tagging rumoured girlfriend Derrina Jebb, 27, a minister’s daughter he is said to have met in church, he described it as his ‘absolute favourite birthday present’.

His brave post comes just a few months after the first anniversary of Gemma Thomas’ tragic death last November, a year after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms.

She died just four days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, aged 40.


Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas, seen previously with son Ethan, now 8, and his late wife Gemma, revealed he received a touching birthday gift from his son and rumoured new girlfriend


Tagging rumoured girlfriend Derrina Jebb, 27, pictured, a minister’s daughter he is said to have met in church, he described it as his ‘absolute favourite birthday present’

Simon has been open about his mourning, sharing his grief with his 96,000 Instagram following, who have in turn shown their support for the widower.

And on Monday he took to social media to share a picture of his patchwork cushion, which featured pictures of the family together.

  • Designer Brandon Maxwell speaks of his ‘pride’ at seeing… Shoppers go wild for £1 M&S cleaning sponge with the… They won’t be going on the fridge! Amused parents share… George Clooney claims his friend Meghan is being ‘pursued…

Share this article

He wrote: ‘My absolute favourite birthday pressie was this from my boy (with a bit of help from @derrina). A cushion made from two of Gemma’s skirts made by the brilliant Tarah thank you so much.’

The post quickly racked up 5,000 likes with supporters commenting on how thoughtful the gift was.


 


The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who left the channel last year to spend more time with son Ethan, 8, after losing wife Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram this week to share a picture of the cushion he received, made from his late wife’s skirt, seen

And the online company behind the cushion, run by Tarah Finlay, also shared a close-up snap of the work, writing: ‘I can finally reveal my favourite cushion to date. 

‘Love everything about this cushion. Made for Simon from his little boy Ethan (with the help of Derrina) for his birthday in January.’

Simon first revealed he was in a new relationship towards the end of last year, though he did not disclose her identity. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live in November, the ex sports presenter addressed his new relationship and said it has been ‘an incredible support’ for him.

The father-of-one admitted he could be falling in love, but said Gemma could never be replaced, saying: ‘I’m very aware she was someone I didn’t know before and have got to know over the last few weeks and months.


 


The online company behind the cushion, run by Tarah Finlay, also shared a close-up snap of the work, writing: ‘I can finally reveal my favourite cushion to date. ‘Love everything about this cushion. Made for Simon from his little boy Ethan (with the help of Derrina) for his birthday in January.’


Last month Simon  shared a picture of the teddy he had made from late wife Gemma’s dressing gown, as a Christmas present for nine-year-old son Ethan. It is inscribed with the words: ”My darling Ethan, I love you with all of my heart and always will, your mummy xxx’ 


Simon posted on Instagram (above) that Ethan would treasure and find comfort from the dressing gown forever 

‘Right from the early stages – she had this empathy towards me. She’s Christian as well and that’s important to me as a man of faith.

‘She’s been an incredible support for me. She was the only person who would always pick up the phone.

‘What I saw in her, I saw in Gemma. When she said my phone is always on, she meant it.’

The former Blue Peter presenter, who has described himself as a ‘man of faith’, reportedly met Derrina Jebb, 27, thought to be the woman in question, through his church.

Jebb is a church minister’s daughter and currently works in the legal industry. According to sources, the pair are taking things ‘very slowly’. 


Simon, seen with Ethan, has been open about his mourning, sharing his grief with his 96,000 Instagram following, who have in turn shown their support for the widower


Gemma Thomas, seen, died in November 2017 after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms

Last month Simon shared a photograph of a blue and white striped teddy he had made for son Ethan for Christmas.

The toy was inscribed with the words: ‘My darling Ethan, I love you with all of my heart and always will, your mummy xxx.’     

Sharing a picture of the toy, Simon posted:  ‘Just love this so much. A Christmas present for the boy made out of Gemma’s dressing gown. 

In April Simon announced he would be leaving his role at Sky, citing his main reason as wanting to dedicate time and energy to Ethan.

Simon is now backing a campaign to educate GPs about the disease, encouraging them to take blood tests from suspected sufferers of the disease which affects 2,600 people in Britain a year. 

What is acute myeloid leukaemia?

Acute myeloid leukaemia is an aggressive and rare form of blood cancer.

The symptoms of AML usually develop over a few weeks and become more severe. 

According to NHS Choices, the symptoms include: 

  • Pale Skin
  • Tiredness
  • Breathlessness
  • Frequent infections
  • Unusual and frequent bleeding – including the gums and nosebleeds

In advanced cases, patients are incredibly vulnerable to life-threatening infections and internal bleeding. 

If a GP suspects leukaemia, they will arrange a blood test to determine blood cell production. 

In AML, stem cells within the patient’s bone marrow produce too many immature white blood cells, which are not capable of fighting infection. 

This also can lead to a decrease in production of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells and platelets that help the blood to clot. 

Each year around 2,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with blood cancer. 

After diagnosis, patients need urgent chemotherapy due to the aggressive nature of the cancer. 

In some cases, radiotherapy may be needed along with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. 

Source: NHS Choices 

Source: Read Full Article