More than £870k raised for Jo Cox fund in three days

The money will be split between the Royal Voluntary Service, the anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate and the Syrian rescue organisation the White Helmets

The Jo Cox fundraising page
The Jo Cox fundraising page

A charity fundraising page set up in memory of Jo Cox MP to raise funds for three good causes has attracted donations of more than £870,000 in just three days.

The fundraising page on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe was set up by a group of Cox’s friends in collaboration with her husband Brendan, including Nick Grono, chief executive of the Freedom Fund, an anti-slavery charity that Cox helped to establish, and Mabel van Oranje, chair of the anti-child-marriage charity Girls Not Brides.

The page is raising money for three causes: the anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate, the Royal Voluntary Service in Batley and Spen, and the Syrian rescue organisation the White Helmets

More than 27,000 people had made donations totalling more than £873,000 on the page at midday today.

In a statement on its website, Hope Not Hate said the money raised would go towards strengthening regional projects and to "a campaign to heal some of the divisions in society that have opened up during the increasingly toxic and bitter referendum campaign".

The statement said: "We have been overwhelmed by the support the public has shown both to Jo Cox’s memory and in so generously donating to support the work of Royal Voluntary Service in Batley and Spen, the White Helmets in Syria and ourselves.

"To be honest, we are all still coming to terms with this dreadful killing and the wider, uglier ramifications it appears to represent. Our thoughts remain with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children at this dark and terrible time."

David McCullough, chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: "Jo Cox MP was a friend and advocate of Royal Voluntary Service and we feel proud to have worked by her side.

"She was committed to raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of supporting vulnerable older people in the community, and we are delighted that her legacy will continue via this trust fund.

"Every penny raised through this fund will be used by the charity to help older people in Jo’s constituency; it will be an honour to help create that better world that was her vision."

Cox died after being attacked in her constituency of Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire, on Thursday. Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with her murder.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey for a bail application hearing today.

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