Sister of murdered MP praises nationwide running plans for a new look ‘Great Get Together’
A group of work colleagues have refused to let distance be a hurdle, as they are planning to join together to run, walk, cycle or horse ride for Jo and show their support for the Great Together. The annual ‘Great Get Together’ in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox is taking a new form because of coronavirus, Tadcaster and pockets of runners nationwide are showing how connections can still be made.
Lisa Reynolds is coordinating the event for Ioda, a training company that specialises in equality, diversity and inclusion that’s based in Tadcaster. The majority of the ioda team are based at Tadcaster, but will be taking part in the event in their local areas spread nationwide from Tadcaster, Warwick, Nottingham, Manchester, York and London. There are currently 40 family and friends that have joined the ioda team, aged from 5-years-old to 74-years-old. So, although Lisa and her colleagues cannot get together physically, they have focused on what they can do to bring people together and share a message of unity in these uncertain times.
Lisa Reynolds said: “The Jo Cox Foundation sits really well with what we stand for at ioda. We’re really involved, particularly around the Yorkshire region, but nationally as well with the equality, diversity and inclusion anti-terrorism message. I was actually delivering a message about hate crime at Yorkshire Ambulance Service the day that Jo was murdered, so it was very poignant what happened that day and we’ve always shown an interest since.”
“Over the past few months, we have seen an amazing response from communities around the UK to the Covid-19 epidemic. It’s a reminder of Jo’s approach, one we have adopted at her Foundation, that wherever possible we should focus on what we can do, rather than what we can’t do. I think Lisa’s plans in Tadcaster and nationwide are brilliant. They are a fantastic example of why we’ve decided that the Great Get Together, which has always been rooted in community, will go ahead – just in a slightly different way!”
Every year since her murder in 2016, thousands of people across the UK have got together to remember Jo Cox and her message that we all have more in common than that which divides us. In 2020 the ‘Great Get Together’ will take a different form, but the weekend of Jo’s birthday on June 19th-21st will still be an opportunity for people to connect with others in their communities.
Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, said: “The Great Get Together is special every year – but perhaps even more so this year as we all find new and innovative ways to reach out to our friends, neighbours and to those in need in our communities, in extremely challenging times. Inspired by Jo, we want to make sure that our incredible Great Get Together family across the UK can continue to celebrate Jo’s values, which resonate now more than ever before. Strengthened bonds and more connected communities will be one of the legacies of covid-19, and we believe that experience of togetherness will outlast the present crisis and endure long into the future.”
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