Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Jo Cox family in message of unity on anniversary of MP's death

Jo Cox family in message of unity on anniversary of MP's death

The Jo Cox Foundation, a charity set up by her widower Brendan with money donated following her murder, has been concentrating on spreading her message of unity.

The Great Get Together is a chance to bridge divides in communities and bring people together at a hard time, says the head of the foundation set up in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The then MP for Batley and Spen was murdered by a far-right extremist past year in her West Yorkshire constituency.

"Not only did it give us a focal point for our Get Together, it also means that staff can use it for lunch breaks which is good for their wellbeing, as it gets them away from their ward or computer". Jo Cox's passion was about bringing communities together so it is important we all link together as a community especially with what is happening in the world.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire's Police and crime commissioner, said: "Jo Cox once said "we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us". The York diocesan synod on Saturday would take time to remember Mrs Cox and her legacy, he said.

"I think seeing their mom, and clearly knowing that life wasn't there anymore, helped them move to that next stage", he said.

St. Peter's Church of which Knight is the leader of, will hold its "Great Get Together" on Sunday.

He was later handed a whole-life prison sentence for her murder. "Just moments that don't fixate on the differences but focus on those things that we have in common".

The Vicar of Cleckheaton, the Revd Brunel James, has organised a community picnic in the centre of the town, in partnership with his local Churches Together group.

The get together, supported by politicians and celebrities including chef Jamie Oliver, aims to bring cheer to a country that has suffered a string of terror attacks, a brutal election campaign and, most recently, a catastrophic fire in a housing estate in West London.

"Nothing to do with anything other than getting together with people in your communities", she told the BBC.

"At a time when extremists of all types are trying to divide our communities, there is a huge groundswell of people who just want to focus on the things that unite us, who want to draw closer to their neighbours and communities".

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