Jo Cox memorial fund tops £1 million
A memorial fund set up for Labour MP Jo Cox has raised £1 million in three days.
Friends of Mrs Cox and her husband Brendan set up the Go Fund Me page in "celebration and memory" of the popular MP, who died after being shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency on Thursday.
It passed the £1 million mark shortly before 8.30pm on Monday after more than 30,500 people made donations that will be divided between three charities.
The fund was pushed past the seven-figure mark by a £6,000 donation from a "David Newton" which joined offerings small and large that have poured in over the last three days.
Mrs Cox's friend Tim Dixon, one of those who launched the fund, said: "The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to Jo's family.
"It shows how powerfully Jo's story has moved so many. Jo would be so proud."
The three charities that will benefit from the money are:
:: The White Helmets - unarmed and neutral volunteer search and rescue workers in Syria who have saved more than 51,000 lives from under the rubble of the conflict;
:: HOPE not hate - which seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism in communities across Britain;
:: The Royal Voluntary Service - to support volunteers helping to combat loneliness in Mrs Cox's constituency.
Mr Cox tweeted: "Thank you to everyone for your incredible generosity. This will change lives in Syria, Batley and across the UK."
The fundraising page was set up by Mr Dixon, the managing director of Purpose, Mabel van Oranje, chairwoman of Girls Not Brides, Nick Grono, chief executive of The Freedom Fund and Gemma Mortensen, chief global officer of change.org.
David McCullough, chief executive of the RVS, said: "Jo was passionate about raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of supporting vulnerable older people in the community and we are pleased that her legacy will continue via this Fund. It will be an honour to help create that better world that was her vision."
More than 17,000 people had donated to the page by Saturday evening, surpassing the half million pound target set when the fund was launched the previous day.
Raed al Saleh, head of The White Helmets, said: "We want to send deep gratitude to all who donated, we are very humbled by your generosity and care. With every donation you made you ensured that the world hasn't forgotten about the Syrian civilians Jo fought for and that her message carries on. This solidarity and generosity proves that those who attacked Jo's values will not win."
Jemma Levene, deputy director at HOPE not hate, added: "The strength of support given to the fund highlights how Jo's achievements, goals and ideals resonated with so many, and we will do all that we can to help build her legacy through our work."