TV channel Together becomes “Great Get Together” in memory of Jo Cox.
“The year after we lost Jo was a sad and difficult time for us as a family. And it was marked by terrible tragedy at Manchester arena and in London with attacks by extremists at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park and the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower. People came together with strength and compassion and showed they wouldn’t be beaten. And since then communities have refused to give in to hatred or allow themselves to be divided.” – Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater
Together, the national broadcaster that motivates people to do good, is rebadging itself as ‘Great Get Together’ over the weekend 22nd-24th June to support the nationwide initiative, which was set up in memory of Jo Cox, the MP murdered in June 2016.
The second annual Great Get Together will take place across the country over the weekend of 22 – 24 June, with thousands of community events being organised across the UK, focused on bringing communities and neighbourhoods closer together, and celebrating what we have in common. In the run up to the weekend, Together is calling on viewers to organise or attend their own Great Get Together events to bring their community together.
Over the weekend itself, Together will show the most inspiring content focused on the sense of community and togetherness in addition to highlights of the Great Get Together community events being held across the country. It will bring together entertaining programmes, like The Big Bread Experiment and The Last Clarion House, but also bits of real British life, like Battersea Junction and Two Touch Rulz, to form a weekend of positivity, collective action and common purpose.
Together is also supporting Loneliness Awareness Week (18th to 24th June), founded by The Marmalade Trust. It will broadcast the Be More Us film from the Campaign to End Loneliness, already viewed 16 million times online, to get the conversation started around loneliness ahead of the Great Get Together, which itself demonstrates effective ways to fight loneliness by bringing people together.
“Wherever I go, I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said we have more in common than that which divides us. Next week we can prove her right and help continue the work she started. We can all enjoy it too because Jo, along with most people, loved a good street party.”- Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater