A celebration service is taking place next week in memory of a Buxton woman who sadly passed away while on a charity trip to Uganda.
Di Horne and her husband Roger were on a reconnaissance trip for Mission Direct, a UK charity which helps poor communities overseas.
She was an extraordinary lady, more extraordinary than I perhaps realised and life will certainly be difficult without her.Di’s husband Roger
They had spent a week visiting schools in the Kumi area to see which could be best helped when the charity takes four teams of volunteers there in the summer to build new classrooms and accommodation for teachers.
But sadly, on March 7, Di suffered heart failure and died at Kapchorwa Hospital. She was aged just 62.
Paying tribute to her, Roger said: “One thing that struck me the most over the last month was when we went to see the pathologist in Kampala and he said your wife had a very big heart. I know he meant that clinically but myself and all of us in the room took it in a different way.
“She was an extraordinary lady, more extraordinary than I perhaps realised and life will certainly be difficult without her.
“She touched the lives of so many people. When myself and my two children get together we just laugh all the time thinking of stories. She very much always saw the humour in life and we’d like to carry that humour with us.”
A very well-known resident of the area, Di had been undertaking voluntary work for several years and has previously worked on projects in Kenya and Zambia in Africa as well as in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Peru.
She was a Brownie leader, a volunteer leader of older peoples’ groups, a leader at Buxton United Reformed Church, and has previously worked as a keep-fit instructor, a farm milk recorder and as a charity administrator. In the late 1970s, she worked at HSL in Harpur Hill.
Di touched the lives of many people in Buxton and overseas and since her death, Roger and the couple’s children Sarah and Oliver have received over 160 cards and messages.
She was cremated in Africa but a celebration service is being held in her memory at Buxton Methodist Church on Saturday April 25 at 2pm. Anyone who knew her or her family is welcome to attend, and at her request, visitors are asked to wear colourful clothing.
Refreshments will be available after the service at Buxton United Reformed Church.
Donations in her memory should be sent to Mission Direct, 27 Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, SG5 1RT for their projects at Kumi, Uganda.