Family of Jo Cox kicks off the annual Great Get Together with virtual bake-off

The family of late MP Jo Cox have kicked off this year's Great Get Together by being judges in a virtual bake-off.

Jo's sister Kim, along with her parents Gordon and Jean judged efforts from staff and students at Upper Batley High School this morning.

It was the start of a weekend-long celebration of Jo's positive message of peace and tolerance.

This year a number of virtual events are planned, with Jo's family encouraging people to share and care in small gatherings from a social distance.

These include:

  • Virtual Community Service: A national Virtual Community Service will take place on Saturday 20th June at 11.00am. This event will comprise people of many faiths and beliefs - including songs, poetry, artwork, conversations, and prayers. The service will conclude with a really special Act of Commitment with many voices from people all over the country echoing words from Jo's maiden speech.

  • Muslim Council of Britain present Visit My Mosque. Though we're not able to visit mosques in person, the Visit My Mosque team will instead bring the mosque to everybody. They will be presenting a series of virtual tours across the Great Get Together weekend, enabling people to tour a mosque, meet an Iman and have their questions answered.

  • In Derbyshire there will be a Queen's tea party, as well as a fancy dress fashion show with prizes awarded to the most extravagant and outrageous outfits.

  • In the market town of Harleston, Norfolk people will post a smile by sending letters, cards, pictures and local news to care homes to help combat loneliness.

  • In Llantwit, South Wales there'll be a street-wide bingo evening, Saturday disco night and a Sunday social event, as well as a regional history quiz organised by the local history society.

  • In Wakefield there will be a get together to raise awareness of child loneliness and the complex needs of children in wheelchairs.