Jo Cox memorial fund raises €1.5 million in four days

Fund will benefit three causes close to late Labour MP's heart

An online memorial fund set up in the name of Labour MP Jo Cox following her killing has raised just under €1.5 million in four days. 

The GoFundMe page was set up a day after Mrs Cox was killed on Thursday.

It is raising funds for three causes which her husband, Brendan Cox, said were close to her heart - the Royal Voluntary Service, anti-racism advocacy group HOPE not hate and the Syrian civil defence organisation White Helmets.

Mr Cox tweeted earlier: "Thank you to everyone for your incredible generosity. This will change lives in Syria, Batley and across the UK."

More than 34,000 people have so far contributed to the memorial fund.

Tim Dixon, a friend of Mrs Cox, and one of those who launched the fund, said: "The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to Jo's family."

David McCullough, chief executive of The Royal Voluntary Service, said: "Jo was passionate about raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of supporting vulnerable older people in the community and we are pleased that her legacy will continue via this Fund.

"It will be an honour to help create that better world that was her vision."

Solidarity

Raed al Saleh, head of the White Helmets, said: "We want to send deep gratitude to all who donated, we are very humbled by your generosity and care.

"With every donation you made you ensured that the world hasn't forgotten about the Syrian civilians Jo fought for and that her message carries on.

"This solidarity and generosity proves that those who attacked Jo's values will not win."

Jemma Levene, deputy director at HOPE not hate, added: "The strength of support given to the fund highlights how

Jo's achievements, goals and ideals resonated with so many, and we will do all that we can to help build her legacy through our work."

A message on the GoFundMe site says: "In case you would also like a chance to honour her in person, we wanted to let you all know that there will be a series of global events on Wednesday, which would have been Jo's 42nd birthday.

Across the world, we will gather together to celebrate Jo's life; her warmth, love, energy, passion, flair, Yorkshire heritage, and her belief in the humanity of every person in every place, from Batley and Spen to Aleppo and Darayya."