Jo Cox: Killed MP's husband thanks public as memorial fund donations pass £1 million

'Thank you to everyone for your incredible generosity. This will change lives in Syria, Batley and across the UK,' says husband Brendan Cox

Matt Payton
Tuesday 21 June 2016 11:52
Well-wishers leaving tributes to murdered MP Jo Cox in Parliament Square
Well-wishers leaving tributes to murdered MP Jo Cox in Parliament Square

Jo Cox's husband has thanked members of the public for their "incredible generosity" after the charity fund in killed MP's name passed £1 million.

Brendan Cox tweeted his gratitude after tributes were heard at the House of Commons following the fatal attack on the MP in her Batley and Spen constituency.

The GoFundMe page was set up by Mrs Cox's friends in "celebration and memory" of her work and currently stands at over £1,060,000 after more than 32,500 people donated over three days.

Mr Cox tweeted: "Thank you to everyone for your incredible generosity. This will change lives in Syria, Batley and across the UK."

The fund was pushed past the seven-figure mark by a £6,000 donation from a "David Newton".

Mrs Cox's friend Tim Dixon, one of those who launched the fund, said: "The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to Jo's family.

"It shows how powerfully Jo's story has moved so many. Jo would be so proud."

This is the largest ever GoFundMe fundraising campaign in the the UK and third globally. The donations will go to charities chosen by her family: The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) , HOPE not hate and The White Helmets.

The money raised for the RVS will be put towards fighting loneliness in Mrs' Cox's Batley constituency.

The charity's chief executive David McCullough said: “We are shocked and saddened by the death of Jo Cox, she was an inspiration to all and we feel proud to have worked by her side.

"Jo was a friend and advocate of Royal Voluntary Service and she will be hugely missed by the charity and by those fortunate enough to have met her. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with her husband Brendan and their children, their family and friends.

“Jo was passionate about raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of supporting vulnerable older people in the community and we are pleased that her legacy will continue via this Fund. It will be an honour to help create that better world that was her vision.”

MPs wore white roses in memory of Yorkshire-born Mrs Cox, and a single white rose was placed on the green leather bench where she usually sat.

They took the unusual step of rising to give Mrs Cox a standing ovation as the hour-long tribute drew to an end, before a service of prayer and remembrance at nearby St Margaret's - often referred to as the House of Commons' parish church.

On Wednesday 22 June, on what would have been Jo Cox's 42nd birthday, there will a number events across Europe and the world celebrating her life and causes. The main event will take place in London's Trafalgar Square at 4pm.

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