A bike ride to remember murdered MP Jo Cox will travel through Burton and South Derbyshire today.
The 258-mile bike ride will see 30 cyclists travel from the Labour MP's constituency of Batley and Spen, cycling across the country before finishing at the Houses of Parliament in London. The five-day race is now in its second year, celebrating Jo’s life, her beliefs and the work that is done in her name up and down the country.
The MP for Batley and Spen died on June 16, 2016 after being shot and stabbed multiple times in Birstall,West Yorkshire, shortly before she was due to hold a constituency surgery.
Scottish-born 52-year-old local man Thomas Alexander Mair was found guilty of the mother of two's death and was sentenced to life imprisonment in November last year.
Today is the second day of the ride, after cyclists travelled from the West Yorkshire town to Birchover in Derbyshire yesterday.
Today, they will ride through Hilton, Anslow, Barton-under-Needwood and Netherseal on the way to Market Bosworth. They are expected to pass through the area at midday.
The Jo Cox Way is organised by Sarfraz Mian who 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.
“Jo worked all her life to make a difference in the world and when Jo died, the country was united in shock and grief. It made everyone stop, think and reassess what was important – and that was, of course, those same things that Jo campaigned for throughout her career.
“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.”
Any cyclists from the local areas are invited to join in the ride, which is raising money for the Jo Cox Foundation. The foundation, which was set up after the MP's death, works to continue Jo’s work and eradicate extremism.
The ride has already raised £900 for the foundation, and anyone who wishes to donate can do so by visiting the fund-raising page.