You can help Jo’s Dreams come true

Sisters Denise and Joanne Horobin who are raising money for Kidney research.
Sisters Denise and Joanne Horobin who are raising money for Kidney research.

A CHARITY to help the dreams of terminally ill people come true has been launched in memory of a 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 others people suffering from the life threatening illness – and now her sister Denise has launched a new charity “Jo’s Dreams.”

Money will be put towards giving patients a day out – anything from a simple as trip to the cinema with friends or a weekend in London to see a show.

Denise said: “The dream is their choice. We will make it happen by funding and organising it for them. It will be a special time to always be remembered.

“Jo saw the suffering of many terminally ill people and wanted her legacy to help them get a break.

“So many people often have very little to look forward to apart from endless rounds of hospital visits, dialysis treatments and the prospect of living with kidney disease for years.”

Jo, originally from Darley Dale, was born with spina bifida and her sister said that despite her suffering Jo was an inspiration to all.

“She always had a smile on her face. She was described by the doctors as, “a model patient” and she never complained. When we found out she didn’t have long to live we made a pact as a family to talk openly and not have any secrets to help us get through it.

“Jo said she wanted to help people in similar situations as family meant so much to her,” said Denise.

The charity has so far raised over £1,000 through money donated at Joanne’s funeral.

The first fundraiser, a sponsored walk, is taking place on Sunday at 11am at Whitworth Park.

Two walks will take place on Sunday. One will be a three mile stroll from Darley Dale to Rowsley recreation ground where balloons will be set off in memory of Joanne.

For the longer walk people will carry on over the hills for a total of nine miles. Both start at the Whitworth Park car park.

All proceeds will go to the charity.

To get involved call Denise on 07974 393994 or turn up on the day.