People in Camden came together recently for a picnic in memory of Jo Cox MP.
Organised by Age UK Camden and Age UK, the community event was a part of the Great Get Together initiative, which is inspired by Ms Cox and aims to bring communities together. As Ms Cox said, “We have far more in common than that which divides us“.
The initiative is supported by the Duchess of Cornwall and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and includes community events across the country, such as picnics or sport activities.
Keir Starmer MP, and the leader of Camden Council, Georgia Gould joined local businesses and some of the older people that Age UK Camden works with to enjoy tea, sandwiches and cakes, giant games and the opportunity to get to know their neighbours a bit better.
Due to the enormous success of the event, Age UK Camden plans on repeating the picnic every year, with the guests already asking how they can help next year.
The Great Get Together initiative was launched jointly by the Jo Cox Foundation, a charity set up after Jo Cox’s death, and the Big Lunch. Brendan Cox said that the initiative is a very fitting tribute to his deceased wife, who “wanted a chance to bring our communities together to celebrate what unites us“.
The Jo Cox Foundation was established days after her death with donation from more than 40,000 people, exceeding £1.5 million. The money is being used to support causes Jo Cox cared about most.