Jo’s Dreams are finally coming true

THE family of a disabled woman has fulfilled her dying wish to help seriously ill people to achieve their dreams.

Jo Horobin, of Bakewell, passed away in August last year after losing her battle with kidney disease.

Prior to her death, the 48-year-old urged her family to help others who, like herself, were suffering as the result of life threatening illness.

In a bid to keep her memory alive, her sister, Denise, set up Jo’s Dreams which, following several fund-raising events, has granted it’s first wish.

Denise explained that the trust, which is currently awaiting charitable status, had contacted 31-year-old Darren Ferguson, of Milton Keynes, and agreed to help pay for him to go on holiday with his wife for the first time.

“Darren was born with kidney failure and has had three kidney transplants in his life, plus year on year dialysis,” she said.

“He has been through everything that my sister went through with years of fighting to stay alive on dialysis.”

Darren’s condition had prevented him from being able to go abroad.

“He so deserves a treat because of what he’s been through,” Denise said.

She pledged to Darren that the trust would help him achieve his dream in his local church with his family.

“All the hard work, all the training and charity events and time you put into this is worth it in the end,” Denise said.

“Jo would have been so proud.”

She will be taking part in the half marathon with Scott Fairbass, of Rotherham, who, despite suffering from kidney failure, is determined to raise money for the trust.

Another group of runners are hoping to complete the Manchester Marathon at the end of the month for Jo’s Dreams.

The Fishpond Choir will be performing a special concert for the cause at the Medway Centre, in Bakewell, on April 21 at 7.30pm.

The evening will take place the day before what would have been Jo’s 49th birthday.

Tickets cost £8 including refreshments and are available on the door or by calling Nikki Horobin on 01629 734719 or Dilys Twyford on 01629 57676.