Jo Cox’s sister will be joining a group of cyclists on a gruelling ride to commemorate her life.
Kim Leadbeater and cyclists from across the UK are to take part in The Jo Cox Way, a five-day, 260-mile ride aiming to highlight the MP’s zest for life and passion regardless of race, creed or religion.
Jo died after being attacked in Birstall in June.
Kim will be joined on the ride by 85-year-old Mirfield cyclist Brian Robinson, the first Briton to finish the Tour de France, and Franklin Medhurst, 96, a Second World War veteran who, despite losing a leg beneath the knee, will be riding a special recumbent tricycle.
Setting off on Wednesday, the ride will also celebrate community projects throughout the country and raise funds for charities supported by Jo.
The cyclists will set off from Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton, in Jo’s Batley and Spen constituency at 10am, and arrive in London at the Houses of Parliament on Sunday, August 21.
Local people are invited to go along to Cleckheaton to show their support by cheering the cyclists on their way – or perhaps even jumping on their bikes to pedal alongside for a while.
Keen local cyclists are also welcome to sign up to join The Jo Cox Way, which is supported by Jo’s family.
The initiative was organised by Sarfraz Mian, chief executive officer of equestrian company Neue Schule, based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire.
“I didn’t know Jo, but I was struck by her principles and beliefs – and the fact that communities are always stronger when working together,” he said.
“Jo worked all her life to make a difference in the world and, at the time of her death, people were pitched against one another in political arguments where our sense of humanity seemed in peril.
“When Jo died, the country was united in shock and grief. It made everyone stop, think and reassess what was important – and that was, of course, those same things that Jo campaigned for throughout her career.
“The Jo Cox Way is our tribute to her life, her beliefs and all the good work that goes on up and down the UK in our villages, towns and cities.”
The cyclists will stop off at different towns as they head south. At the end of the first day’s 50-mile ride they will arrive in Birchover, near Matlock, Derbyshire, for an overnight stop.
As the cyclists head for their destination, they will call in at thriving community projects nominated by the public.
The visits are designed to fly the flag for teamwork and neighbourhood collaborations that have had a powerful and positive effect on people and their environment.
Anyone who would like to nominate a suitable project or sign up to take part in The Jo Cox Way should email email@example.com.
The Jo Cox Way is also featured on the British Cycling Sky Ride website, goskyride.com.