The sister of Jo Cox, the MP murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency in 2016, has praised the people of Yorkshire for their amazing response to plans to mark ‘The Great Get Together’ this weekend.

Well over 100 events are taking place across the county and the activities will culminate with the ‘Run for Jo’ on Sunday, June 23rd

Sunday was the third anniversary of Jo’s murder. Kim and her parents, Jean and Gordon, spent the afternoon at a rugby game with the Batley Bulldogs.

L-R : Kim Leadbeater and Jo Cox

Kim Leadbeater said:”Jo was a proud Yorkshire Lass and so am I. We have an awful lot to be proud of across this wonderful county that I am so pleased to call home. Especially all the people who have embraced The Great Get Together and shone a light on the wonderful things we do here and the sense of community that exists in so many places. Local people have supported our family for the last three years and they continue to do so on a daily basis. I can’t thank them enough.”

“Like Jo, I’m a people person and as an Ambassador for her Foundation I talk to people from all walks of life. I know I talk a lot, but I listen a lot as well. And what I hear is that most people are keen to move beyond the anger and bitterness that we see and hear all around us.

“Jo’s words in her first speech in parliament, when she said we are more united and have more in common than that which divides us, are as true today as they were then. Maybe even more so.

“Once again Yorkshire has responded brilliantly to the idea that we all put aside whatever differences we might have and enjoy some fun time together.”

The weekend of events will kick off with ‘Step Into the Future’ when hundreds of school children will parade through Batley on Thursday to remember Jo. On Friday, there will be Great Get Togethers taking place at Batley Community Centre and also Batley Butterfly House. Celebrations will be take place in the centres of Batley and Heckmondwike on Saturday too.

Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, said:“This year’s Great Get Together is more varied and more exciting than ever. We have literally lost count of the number of different activities, large and small, being planned across the UK as a whole.

The organisers I speak to tell me time and again how their communities are looking forward so much to the opportunity to forget about all the divisions in society and simply have a good time and remember that we really do have so much more in common.

“It’s not too late to start planning something if you haven’t already. And whether you feel you know your neighbours and others in your community well or not, there will be a warm welcome for you at an event not far from where you live.”

To see what’s happening around the country or to register a new event, people can go to the interactive map here: https://www.greatgettogether.org/find/