Jo Cox’s ‘more in common’ ethos to be celebrated at Great Get Togethers

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 16) marks six years since Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox MP was murdered in her constituency during the deeply divisive Brexit referendum campaign.

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 10:00 am

The Jo Cox Foundation is launching the sixth annual Great Get Together - nationwide community events inspired by the message from her very first speech in Parliament: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”

In Yorkshire, more than 40 Great Get Togethers will be happening across the region, with thousands of people expected to take part.

Since it began in 2017, more than 20 million people have participated in the Great Get Together.

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A Great Get Together in Batley in 2019

The first took place on the anniversary date of Jo’s murder, but to focus on celebrating her life instead of the way she died, her family and friends decided to move it to the weekend closest to her birthday instead.

This year it will take place from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, just after Jo would have been turning 48.

In her home of Batley and Spen, the Run for Jo will be taking place in person again this year at Oakwell Hall, Birstall, and in Batley itself there will also be The Great Poetry Get Together at Batley Library, Burgers and Butterflies event at the Butterfly House, Heckmondwike’s Great Get Together, and the Friends of Batley Station will be continuing their tradition of giving a warm welcome and refreshments to commuters on Friday, June 24 to kick-off the weekend of celebrations.

Over recent weeks The Jo Cox Foundation has been running a project in Batley for participants to explore what it means to belong in the area, resulting in the group running their own Great Create Together on Saturday, June 25.

In Dewsbury, Kumon Y’all are organising a Great Get Together focused around everyone coming together to play boccia - a totally inclusive sport that can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability.

In the wider West Yorkshire area there will also be Great Get Togethers taking place over that weekend in Hebden Bridge, Leeds and Holmfirth.

Su Moore, CEO of The Jo Cox Foundation, said: “No two Great Get Togethers are the same - they range from plant swaps to mosque tours, concerts to coffee mornings - but they all bring Jo’s message of unity to life.

"They help people to realise what they have in common, whether that’s with a next-door neighbour or a refugee in another country.

"Anyone in Yorkshire can take part in this year’s Great Get Together either by hosting your own or by joining an event in your area. Our website has all the information you need to get involved.”

Head to the Great Get Together website for your organiser toolkit, free webinars and additional resources such as assemblies for schools.