Great Get Together 2018 – remembering Jo & coming together as a community
26 June 2018
Last Friday, I hosted a tea and cake event at my constituency office that I share with John Healey MP to mark the beginning of the ‘Great Get Together’ weekend. In memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, this is an annual event that aims to bring people together in the local community. It’s a great way of not only remembering Jo and her legacy but to put into action her great statement that we all have more in common.
Our coffee morning was part of the Great Get Together weekend and – in the year that we’ve also celebrated the anniversary of when the first women gained the right to vote in the UK – to support EqualiTeas which is marking 90 years since equal voting rights were granted for women and men over 21.
We had tea, coffee, cakes - I even baked my very own chocolate brownies too – and we had a brick-a-brac stall at the office as well. Our event raised £180 and all of this will be going towards the Jo Cox Foundation – this was set up in Jo’s memory to continue to raise awareness and work on the issues that she cared about, from tackling loneliness and isolation, supporting innocent civilians in Syria and encouraging more women to enter public life as well.
Jo said in her first speech in Parliament that “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us” and in that spirit the Great Get Together weekend is a brilliant way of bringing people and communities together.