Kim Leadbeater awarded the UK’s 1000th point of light Recognition
14th September 2017
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.’”
The Great Get Together 2018 & 2019
11th September 2018
The second Great Get Together was held in June 2018 on what would have been Jo’s 44th birthday. Through 4,500 events across the country, the Great Get Together proved the lasting value of Jo’s example and her belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.
Following this years' Great Get Together, 70% of people are planning more community events in the future and 83% said they met someone new at this year's Great Get Together. That's 25,000 new relationships!
Read more about the impact of the Great Get Together 2018 here.
The date for the Great Get Together 2019 is 21st-23rd June. Please save it in your diaries and stay tuned for updates on how you can be involved!
2016-2018: What we have achieved
11th September 2018
It has been an amazing couple of years for the issues Jo cared most about. From the appointment of the world’s first Loneliness Minister, to the £10 million Jo Cox Memorial Grants and millions of people coming together for The Great Get Together, Jo would be proud of all that her inspiration and example has achieved since her tragic murder.
You can read more about the progress made over the past 2 years in our report ‘2 Years On: The Jo Cox Foundation 2016-2018'
new CEO FOR the Jo Cox Foundation
19th July 2018
The Jo Cox Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Anderson as its new Chief Executive. Catherine will start work in September when the current Director, Iona Lawrence, will leave after two years in the post.
The Foundation was set up in 2016 following the murder of Jo Cox MP in her constituency of Batley and Spen. Catherine Anderson will be taking up the post of Chief Executive Officer after eight years working in parliament as Chief of Staff to Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border.
Announcing the appointment, Nick Grono, chair of the Jo Cox Foundation, said:
“The board of trustees is delighted that Catherine will be heading up the Foundation’s work from September and taking forward our ambitious agenda. She brings deep experience of issues very close to Jo’s heart – from work with vulnerable communities to campaigning to get more women into parliament.
“The JCF has achieved an enormous amount under Iona’s inspiring leadership, including two successful annual Great Get Togethers, a highly positive response to the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission with the appointment of the world’s first loneliness minister, and the announcement by DfID of a £10million aid fund to empower women and strengthen communities in developing countries.
“We are all looking forward to working with Catherine to build on these achievements and make further progress based on the values Jo Cox lived by and the issues she was so passionate about.”
Catherine Anderson said:
"It is a huge honour to have been appointed to lead the Jo Cox Foundation in this next chapter of its life. Iona has set the bar high with her amazing leadership over the past two years, and I am extremely grateful to have been given the chance to build on her brilliant work.
“As a woman in public life myself - with a background in charitable and NGO work both in the UK and abroad, and almost a decade working in domestic politics - Jo's life and achievements resonate with me deeply. To be able to drive Jo's message and values deeper and wider, and to ensure her positive legacy thrives in the years to come, is something that I will devote myself to with energy and enthusiasm.”
Iona Lawrence said:
“It has been an enormous privilege to work with such an extraordinary team of people over the past two years. With a small and incredibly dedicated team at the centre, and an extraordinary network of volunteers and supporters around the country, we’ve been on a journey that none of us will ever forget.
“Nothing will ever make up for the loss of Jo or undo the devastating act of hate that took her from those who loved her so much, but the hard work and determination of so many supporting the Foundation’s work to drive forward her vision for a kinder, fairer and more tolerant world has been humbling to lead. I know I speak for Jo’s sister, Kim, her parents Gordon and Jean, in wishing my successor all the very best and hoping she finds the role every bit as fulfilling as I have.”