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Fundraising appeal in memory of Jo Cox MP raises £400k in one day

Howard Lake | 18 June 2016 | News

A fundraising appeal set up in memory of Jo Cox MP, the Labour MP and former charity worker who was killed on Thursday, has raised over £400,000 in just 24 hours.
The appeal, Jo Cox’s Fund, was set up on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com by family and friends of Mrs Cox “in celebration and memory” of her work and life. These include Nick Grono (CEO, The Freedom Fund), Tim Dixon (MD, Purpose), Mabel van Oranje (Chair, Girls Not Brides), and Gemma Mortensen (Chief Global Officer, Change.org). They have worked on it “in close collaboration with her husband Brendan Cox”.
The £400,000 total was made up of 13,674 donations.
The funds raised will be distributed among three charities “closest to her heart” and chosen by her family:

Before being elected last year MP for Batley and Spen, Cox worked for charities. She worked for NSPCC, and for Oxfam and Oxfam International from 2001 to 2009 where she was head of policy, and also ran the charity’s office in Brussels where she led the charity’s campaign for international trade reform.
She advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and anti-slavery organisation The Freedom Fund. She supported many charities, and recently took part in the Parliamentary Tug of War in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
She was chair of the Labour Women’s Network, working to improve the chances for women to become MPs.

Her husband, Brendan Cox, previously worked for Save the Children.
He said hours after her death:

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.”


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