Saturday 24 February 2018

Google honours Jo Cox on her 42nd birthday and links to donation page

Jo Cox. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Jo Cox. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Madhumita Murgia

In honour of murdered MP Jo Cox's birthday, Google UK has posted a link on its homepage to a page titled "In remembrance of Jo Cox MP" asking readers to donate to her memorial charity fund.

"Today, on what 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," the Google message reads.

The fund, set up by friends of Mrs Cox in the hours after she was killed, had already passed the £1m mark within three days of being formed.

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At last count, more than 36,000 people donated money that will be divided between three charities, including The Royal Voluntary Service, fighting loneliness in Mrs Cox’s constituency; the White Helmets, a search and rescue volunteer charity working in Syria and Hope not Hate, an anti-extremism NGO. The charities were chosen by Mr Cox and his murdered wife’s family. The White Helmets and HOPE not hate.

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Today, the friends behind the fund said that they wanted to set up a charitable foundation through which to invest the donations.

"In the spirit of Jo and on what would have been her 42nd birthday today, we want to lift our ambitions," they said. "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."

Go Fund Me said the appeal was the largest UK campaign it has seen, and the third largest globally.

"Help honour Jo by making a donation to her memorial fund:


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