Foundation to be established in name of Jo Cox

A web page set up to raise money for causes close to the heart of the murdered MP has garnered more than £1.2m; organisers say anything beyond £1.5m will go to the foundation

The fundraising page
The fundraising page

A foundation is being planned in honour of Jo Cox MP as donations to a fundraising page set up in her memory exceeded £1.2m.

In a statement posted to the Jo Cox’s Fund page on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe this morning, friends of Cox said they would dedicate any money raised beyond the page’s £1.5m target to a new foundation that would be set up in her memory.

The fundraising page was set up by a group of Cox’s friends in collaboration with her husband Brendan.

Three charities – the Royal Voluntary Service, the White Helmets and Hope Not Hate – will receive a share of all money raised by the fundraising page up to £1.5m.

More than 38,000 people had donated in excess of £1.2m at midday today.

Any money donated once the £1.5m target has been reached would be used by the new foundation to help other causes that Cox supported, such as women’s empowerment, refugee support and fighting poverty, the statement said.

The statement said further details of the foundation would be released "as they take shape".

It said: "We are deeply moved by everyone's extraordinary generosity. More than 36,000 people around the world have donated to Jo Cox’s Fund, and over £1.2m has been raised.

It’s clear Jo’s death has touched so many people so deeply, in ways we could never have imagined. Many people have asked us what happens next. In the spirit of Jo and on what would have been her 42nd birthday today, we want to lift our ambitions. We want to move ahead and establish a foundation to continue advancing the causes closest to Jo’s heart and to help give her a lasting legacy."

Google has added a link to the GoFundMe page on its UK home page.

A statement on Google said: "Today, on what would have been her birthday, we’d like to honour and remember Jo Cox MP, who dedicated her life to the belief that there is more that unites us than divides us."

A live album from the Glastonbury Festival, which will take place this weekend, has been dedicated to Cox – the proceeds will be donated to Oxfam.

Cox died after being attacked in her constituency of Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire, on Thursday. Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, has been charged with her murder and is due to appear at a pre-trial hearing tomorrow.

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