Announcement: Kim Leadbeater awarded the UK's 1000th point of light recognition
Kim Leadbeater - Jo’s sister and the Foundation’s Ambassador - has been recognised as the UK’s 1000th ‘Point of Light’ by the Prime Minister.
Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an outstanding volunteer making a change in their community with the Daily Point of Light award. From setting up the More in Common Batley and Spen group to pioneering the Great Get Together, Kim has created platforms that have brought millions of people together in their communities, forging new friendships and giving new meaning to Jo’s belief that we truly have more in common.
In a personal letter to Kim, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“I am humbled by the depth of your courage and by the strength of your belief in the best of humanity which has led you to honour Jo’s legacy in such an inspiring way. Through the Jo Cox Foundation you have led inspiring work on so many of the issues that Jo cared about – from driving a national effort to tackle loneliness to creating the Jo Cox Memorial Grants which work internationally to support the empowerment of women and prevent identity-based violence.
“Your work is the most fitting tribute to the memory of your sister and all that she stood for and believed in. Like Jo, you truly are a Point of Light in our world – and this award is a small thank you on behalf of the whole country, in recognition of your exceptional service.”
“It is an honour and a privilege to receive this award. Very unusually for me I’m almost lost for words.
“Quite simply, when Jo was murdered my entire life changed forever, and I am still a long way from coming to terms with what has happened. However, the support I have received from so many people, including the huge number of hardworking volunteers across the country who have supported The Great Get Together campaign, has kept me focused. As a result, I remain resolute in continuing the work we have all started to bring people together and build strong communities where everyone has a sense of identity and belonging.
So, this recognition is for all those amazing people too – they are the many, many ‘points of light’ up and down the country, who will continue to shine in Jo’s memory and prove that we do indeed have ‘more in common than that which divides us.’”