Walkers help Jo’s dreams come true on charity trek

Charity champs: Denise Horobin and friend Amy Thomas celebrate as they complete the sponsored walk on Sunday.

Charity champs: Denise Horobin and friend Amy Thomas celebrate as they complete the sponsored walk on Sunday.

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Walkers stepped out to raise funds in memory of a popular Bakewell woman.

Jo Horobin, 48, died in August after a five year battle with kidney disease.

Before she died she urged her family to help other people suffering from life-threatening illnesses – and last week the Mercury featured Jo’s sister Denise on the front page as she launched the new charity – Jo’s Dreams.

On Sunday a group of walkers took part in a sponsored nine mile trek from Darley Dale to raise money for the charity.

Denise said: “We had a fantastic day, the weather was great, the people were great and we raised in the region of £1,000.

“It was magical with a peaceful and calm atmosphere.

“We were surrounded by the beautiful countryside and like minded people – people who care and care about others.”

At Rowsley recreation ground the group let off balloons in memory of Joanne.

Denise added: “It was a fitting start to Jo’s Dreams and my beautiful sister would have been very proud.

“It was very emotional at times – walking through the places that mean so much to us a family.

“From the Church where Jo is buried with my dad, through to were we were brought up in Rowsley, to the Rec were we played for hours as a child then up to the hills of Derbyshire where the countryside is breath taking.”

Jo, originally from Darley Dale, was born with spina bifida.

She spent a lot of time in hospital where she saw the suffering of many terminally ill people and urged her family to do something to help.

The charity will put money towards giving patients a day out, anything from a trip to the cinema to a weekend in London.

To find out more visit the charity’s page on Facebook.