SKY Sports presenter Simon Thomas had something to cheer about after a gruelling couple of months as he watched his son walk onto the pitch before a Norwich City game as a mascot.
The broadcaster, 45, who lost his wife Gemma to leukemia at the age of 40 in November last year, took his eight year old son Ethan to watch the Canaries take on Middlesbrough at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.
Ethan walked onto the pitch with Norwich player James Maddison as his proud father watched on from the stands.
The youngster, wearing a replica shirt, then joined his father on the terraces to watch the home team beat the visitors 1-0.
Mr Thomas posted a note to his son on Instagram yesterday, saying:”’It’s Friday and I’ve got a feeling something good is coming your way.
“Tomorrow you’re a MASCOT for Norwich City v Middlesbrough! You’ll make Daddy so proud! I love you.”
Just days ago Mr Thomas confessed to being “broken” and “weak” following his wife’s death.
In an emotional blog post, the former Blue Peter host said: “One day I will rise again from the ashes of these painful past few weeks, but for now this is me.
“Broken, fearful, weak, vulnerable and tear filled and if by admitting this it helps one person, then it’s worth it.”
In an outpouring of emotion, he wrote: “How the hell can I do life without Gemma? How can I ever get used to life without the woman I loved beyond words?
“How on earth can I survive as a single parent when five minutes ago I was happily married?
“How can I ever sit in front of a TV camera again with the same confidence that has helped me through my career?”
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He added: “When people ask me how I’m doing, I long for the day I can say with authenticity that I am OK; but right now I can’t say anything other than I’m not OK, I’m really struggling.
“I’m not being physically strong, I’m merely surviving at the moment until that day the sleep begins to return and my body starts to grow in strength again.”
Gemma had flu-like symptoms and went to see the doctor three times over the course of six days in November, before she was finally admitted to hospital when her condition continued to deteriorate.
The mother-of-one was suffering from a highly aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia and died four days after her final trip to the GP.