THE MOTHER of a 44-year-old Solihull woman who died from anorexia has done a sky dive in her daughter’s memory.
Jo Thomson, aged 64, from Catherine-de-Barnes, hopes to set up a charity called Food and Drink/Depression, to help people suffering from eating disorders and their families, and has collected more than £3,500.
Jo’s daughter Stephanie Thomson, was a healthy, slim, nine stone two just two years ago, before her weight plummeted to five stone when she was admitted to Heartlands Hospital in June, where doctors told her family that her organs were failing. She died on June 17 this year.
Stephanie was a bright, pretty and outgoing woman, who sang and acted and worked variously as a PA and at the Radio Times.
Jo, a freelance journalist and events organiser, did the tandem jump on Saturday, November 6, at Hinton airfield in Northamptonshire.
She said: “Twelve thousand feet is jolly scary - it’s not done my vertigo any good!
“It was not a fun exercise but it was for my girl - so much as it terrified me, I’d do it again.”
Jo, said she felt powerless to help Stephanie, whose father was Rockin’ Berries band member Bobby Thomson, Jo’s first husband.
She is now married to former Royal Marine Mike Hughes, aged 67.
Mike said: “Money has been trickling in at a steady rate.
“Someone who read the article and lived in the same road as Jo years ago remembered Steph and sent a £20 cheque.
“The last two years were very traumatic for Jo, as Stephanie was slowly dying.”
Jo’s son Rob, aged 43, a training and business development manager for construction firm Balfour Beatty, said: “My mother was a superstar on Saturday.”
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