Centre’s renaming is lasting tribute to Jo

Centre’s renaming is lasting tribute to Jo

A COMMUNITY facility in Batley was renamed on Thursday in honour of Jo Cox.

The former Batley Resource Centre provides facilities and services for older people who might otherwise feel isolated or lonely – something Jo championed in her campaigns.

At the launch event for Jo Cox House, Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said: “Things are still very difficult for us as a family but one of the things that keeps us going is the work and support we have had from the local community to celebrate Jo’s life and to make sure her spirit is alive and well in Batley and Spen.

“One of the things we are able to do is focus on the work of groups and organisations within the community which embody her principles.

“Those are the principles about bringing people together and focussing on cohesion within our community and celebrating that which we have in common.

“Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Jo Cox House are perfect examples of that.”

Kim admitted: “It was very difficult driving through the town centre and seeing Jo’s office with her name and her sign up there and it’s also been very difficult since it’s not been there.

“What will be lovely will be driving through and seeing Jo Cox House and thinking very fondly of the work that Jo did in Batley and the work that will continue to be done.”

The building has a proud history. The original charity started in 1976 with the aim of improving health, wellbeing and quality of life by bringing people and communities together.

That desire remains the driving force.

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