They’re off! 260-mile Jo Cox cycle trek starts out

They’re off! 260-mile Jo Cox cycle trek starts out

THE sister of Jo Cox MP this week joined a group of cyclists riding 260 miles in her memory.

Kim Leadbeater took part in the Jo Cox Way event from Wednesday, along with Mirfield’s 85-year-old Tour de France legend Brian Robinson.

The cyclists set off from the Princess Mary athletics track in Liversedge at around 10am and were seen off by Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff  and Mayor of Kirklees Coun Jim Dodds.

Others riders include World War II veteran Franklin Medhurst, 96, who lost a leg below the knee. Mr Medhurst, of Teeside, flew more than 2,000 sorties with the RAF during the war and was honoured with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The cyclists’ five-day journey ends at the Houses of Parliament on Sunday, via stop-overs to see the work of various community projects.

The event was organised by Sarfraz Mian, chief executive of equestrian firm Neue Schule, of Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

He said: “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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, online fundraising in memory of Mrs Cox has broken the £1.5m barrier, making it one of the most successful Go Fund Me campaigns ever. The cash will be shared by the Royal Voluntary Service, Hope Not Hate and the White Helmets of Syria.

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