Appeal in memory of ‘good guy’ Simon Horner approaches £3,000

Simon with his children Layla and Henry.

An appeal in memory of a father-of-two who “did not having a bad bone in his body” is approaching £3,000.

Simon Horner, from Catterick Garrison, lost his battle with cancer on May 23.

The 42-year-old has been described as a “very much loved daddy, husband, son, brother and uncle”.

His wife Terri said he fought bravely after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer on January 6, undergoing aggressive chemotherapy in the hope the treatment would give him more time with his family, including daughter Layla and son Henry.

The family has received hundreds of message of support, including flowers, cards and on-line tributes to Simon, following his death.

Terri said: “Simon was just a good guy — he didn’t have a bad bone in his body.

“So many people have taken the time to say really nice things about him — how he always had time to say hello to people.

“He had a good sense of humour and loved a bit of banter!”

Educated at Middleham Primary School,  The Wensleydale School and then the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Simon worked for Quality Fare in Leyburn and Colburn,.

He later joined Tesco at Catterick Garrison where he became a lead manager.

The Tottenham Hotspur fan loved music and Lego — a passion he has passed on to his children.

An appeal launched in memory of Simon is approaching almost £3,000.

The money will be split 50/50 between St Teresa’s Hospice, in Darlington, and the palliative care team in Northallerton, both of which have helped the Horner family in recent months.

An earlier fundraising drive launched by Terri and friends for Pancreatic Cancer UK raised around £16,500.

Simon’s funeral will take place at 11.30am on June 7 at Wear Valley Crematorium.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, only close family can attend inside the building, however there is no limit on number of people who can attend outside.

A virtual link for the funeral will also be available nearer the time.

To donate to the fundraising appeal, click here.