Daily Archives: 14/11/2014

Dad’s letter to daughter who drank herself to death at just 24

Jim Thomson penned the heart-rending letter to his daughter Leigh which was published by The Daily Record.

DEAR Leigh,

We are all so sorry to have lost you – especially at such a young age. We think of you each and every day. A father should never outlive his daughter – it’s not the way things are supposed to be.

We lost you in August – you would have been 25 soon, your birthday is on Halloween. I know I won’t see you again although I still cannot quite believe it. Your absence leaves a hole that cannot be filled.

You were a bright, bubbly girl with so much life and love in you. You had the world at your feet. You wanted to go to America, travel on Route 66 and chill out in Hawaii but it was not to be.

I know you tried so hard to stay with us. Your illness meant things were just beyond your control. I just hope that lessons can be learned from your situation. If even one person gets help after this, then your loss has not been in vain.

You had so much to offer but you will live on in our hearts. I will always love you, wherever you are and wherever I am.

Love forever,


She was an ambitious Scots science student who dreamed of travelling the world but drank herself to death at just 24.

Leigh, who died from alcohol-related liver disease, is one of the youngest people in the UK to be killed by drink.

Her addiction to drink led her to consume three litres of cheap cider a day for seven years – despite having already seen alcohol kill her mum in 2009 at just 42.

Leigh Thomson’s grieving dad Jim is now calling for laws to prevent similar tragedies as the number of young people abusing alcohol soars.

In October Drinkwise launched a new advert called Party Fox, where none other than our own wolfie shows up in person!!  The strap-line is ‘It’s time to stop teaching our children to drink’ and goes on to say ‘alcohol advertising and cut price drinks are going straight to children’s heads’ and about keeping booze out of childhood.  I really like this ad 🙂

Edited to correct mistaken identity by me:  Thank you Prim for pointing out that I had confused Drinkwise UK, an independent UK charity based in the Northwest and Drinkwise Australia, an industry charity.  No wonder I experienced so much cognitive dissonance – I’d got it wrong and need to be more thorough in my researching.  Apologies Drinkwise UK!!