Lets get together in Jarnac Court this Friday

Wednesday June 20th 2018

Jo Cox The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together will be holding an event as part of The Great Get Together weekend on Friday 22nd June at Jarnac Court between 12.30 and 2pm.

The first Great Get Together was held last year on the anniversary of Jo’s murder. This year her family have decided to move the celebrations to the weekend of what would have been her 44th birthday.

Come along to celebrate diversity and community in Midlothian on Friday.

The Great Get Together will be providing tea, coffee and baked goods to the community with the aim of bringing everybody together to discuss local issues. A gazebo and tables and chairs laid out in Jarnac Court from 12.30.

There will be representation from local people, Midlothian Voluntary action, and Refugee action Scotland to celebrate diversity in Midlothian and there will be representatives from the Midlothian refugee community present looking to get involved and share their experiences with everybody.

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley said

“Midlothian is such a welcoming and inclusive community and I hope that this event brings us even closer.

“I’m pleased to be bringing our community together to celebrate what we have in common.”

Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:

“Jo loved a celebration and, speaking as a proud Yorkshire lass, nobody can rival us for the best parties, but there are so many wonderful events planned for the end of June that I wish I could get to all of them. Britain is once again coming together to show our country at its best. Whether it’s the big community gatherings or the dozens of smaller events, including boat races, musical extravaganzas and street parties, this will be a weekend to remember.

“I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said we have more in common than that which divides us. On June 22-24 we can prove her right and help continue the work she started.

“I’m sure the get together in Dalkeith will be huge success and I hope everybody who gets involved has an amazing time”

The 2018 Great Get Together builds on the success of last year when over 120,000 events, large and small, took place across the UK to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP. The popular mix of streets parties, BBQs, picnics and Iftars will be supplemented with sporting events and occasions to bridge community divisions and make new connections.

All of them are inspired by Jo’s first speech to parliament when she said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

Once again the Great Get Together has teamed up with a team of partners including the FA, Women’s Institute, NCVO, the Scouts, Girl Guiding, Royal British Legion, RSPB, The Challenge, Airbnb, Tesco and many more see www.greatgettogether.org

Jo Cox’s life was marked by her compassion and by her passion. She worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. And she believed passionately that even the greatest challenges could be overcome.

Jo was murdered on the 16th June 2016 in the place she loved – Batley and Spen – doing the work she loved, as an MP on behalf of her constituents. The Jo Cox Foundation has been established to support her friends, family and colleagues in their efforts to continue her work and to highlight the issues she cared about so deeply.

Led by her example, they are restless for change. Just as she did, they believe in working together with individuals and organisations that share the commitment to a fairer, kinder more tolerant world. www.jocoxfoundation.org

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