In the days following Jo's death over 40,000 people generously donated over £1.5 million to the Jo Cox Fund. This money is being used to support work in Yorkshire, across the UK and in Syria:
The Royal Voluntary Service are in the process of building a community centre in Batley and Spen, places where Jo's constituents can work together to strengthen and support the community and combat loneliness - a cause Jo was passionate about. They are also establishing community-led groups and maintaining the provision of a current service to help older people to maintain their independence through work with volunteers community champions.
HOPE not hate are working to unite communities across the UK, break down barriers and fight hatred. Part of their grant was spent on organising a More in Common national event in September 2016 and over 25 events as part of the The Great Get Together this summer and the remaining money will be spent on everything from organising events to mobilising people to stand up to hate.
The White Helmets have used the grant to purchase eight ambulances which are now operational in Syria. They are also using our support to set up a 'Hero Fund'. This is supporting the families of over 150 White Helmets who have lost their lives carrying out life-saving humanitarian work in Syria.
All funds raised over £1.5 million are being directed to the Jo Cox Foundation to channel the energy and determination generated by her life and untimely death into practical efforts to advance the causes she championed.