Jo Cox Foundation resumes in-person annual fundraiser

The Jo Cox Foundation is to stage its annual in-person charity run event next month after it being developed into a virtual fundraiser over the last two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The Jo Cox charity run, which is now in its sixth year, takes place on 26 June in Oakwell, West Yorkshire, the first physical run by the charity since 2019.

The event is sponsored by the union GMB and aims to raise money for the Foundation to counter prejudice and to foster community cohesion. The charity was set up in the memory of MP Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist.

A virtual element is being retained for people to take part who are unable to attend in person.

“The event was held virtually in 2021 for the second year running with thousands of people taking part locally, across the country and around the world,” said Jo Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater, who succeeded her as Labour MP for Batley and Spen.

“This year it will be fantastic to see people back at Oakwell taking part in person, as well as being able to join in wherever they are in a new virtual 10k for those who live further afield.

“My family is incredibly grateful to everyone for joining in with the Run for Jo to remember her and show the power of physical activity to bring people together.”

Cath Pinder, president for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire for sponsors GMB added: “We are so proud to sponsor the Jo Cox charity run. It’s such a fitting way to remember Jo and everything she stood for.

“And like Jo, we believe that by communities coming together in unity they can help create a better world.”

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