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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 30, 2013

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A MOTHER-OF-ONE who suffers from kidney problems has enjoyed a holiday thanks to a charity which set up in Leek.

Lisa Barker, from Kingsley, has been having dialysis due to her kidneys not working properly.

She and husband Chris, and their five-year-old daughter Jasmine, visited Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest for a weekend in July, thanks to the charity Jo’s Dreams: The Joanne Horobin Memorial Fund.

Lisa, aged 33, said: “The villa in which we stayed was gorgeous and a family of baby ducks came running to the patio doors as soon as we got there to greet us.

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“Asking our daughter what the best bit about our little holiday was, she couldn’t decide because we packed as much as we could into the weekend.

“We enjoyed a day in the sub-tropical water park, a family quiz, bowling, had an encounter with owls, adventure golf, pedalo on the lake, an afternoon in the spa for me as a special treat, barbecues on the patio and meals out.

“To top it all off I felt well all weekend and savoured every second of family time.

“We cannot explain how perfect this weekend was and how much fun and memories we have. Without Jo's dreams this wouldn't of been possible and we will be forever grateful to this amazing charity.” The charity was set up by Jo’s sister Denise after the 48- year-old died of kidney failure in 2011.

Denise, of Leek, said: “A day out or a special treat can give people the courage and motivation to keep fighting kidney failure. We have done lots of fund-raising events such as a couple of marathons, lots of fun walks and race nights.

"So far we have managed to raise £10,000. The money is used to arrange days out or a special treat for people in the last stages of kidney failure.

“We have helped treat people from all over the country.

“We normally spend around £1,000 per dream which could be anything like a trip to the seaside.”

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