Hartlepool unity event will pay tribute to tragic MP Jo Cox

Jo Cox
Jo Cox

Two town organisations are inviting the community to join them for a big get together next month which will pay tribute to the work of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Hartlepool charity Parents In Need of Support (PINS) and the Burn Valley Residents’ Association hope to build stronger ties with visitors at the event.

The event coincides with the national Big Lunch and Great Get Together weekend initiatives in a partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation aiming to get communities to come together to celebrate unity.

Mrs Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered outside her constituency office in Birstall, West Yorkshire, by Thomas Mair, who shot and stabbed her.

He was subsequently jailed for life following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Colin Watt, from PINS, said: “The aim of the day is to bring the whole community together, local people, councillors, businesses, crime prevention for a great family day with a teddy bears picnic, games, tombola, raffles, face painting, local music/entertainment and in doing so pay tribute to Jo Cox MP and show ‘we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us’ a message of unity, community and support for one another.”

The event will take place on Saturday, June 17, at the PINS Family Centre, Greenbank, Stranton, between 11am and 3pm.

Organisers have received valued support from local businesses including Camerons Brewery, Warburtons and Tesco.

Colin added: “The event will also provide an opportunity to let people know the work the charity does, and the types of support available; we have a substantial network of voluntary groups, organisations and other charities and where necessary we can sign post people to other key service providers.

“Having a Great Get Together will demonstrate to everyone we are stronger, have more in common and more able to succeed when we work together.

“What starts as a fun community day can with continuing work develop a stronger more caring supportive society.”

Any funds raised during the event will be shared equally between PINS and the residents association which may be used to hold other events and opportunities.