The organisers of the Great Dog Walk Together contacted me to raise awareness of their initiative to tackle loneliness through the love of dogs.
The following story appeared in the Sunday Mirror which you can read online Dog walkers urged to arrange special walks in memory of Jo Cox.
DOG owners are being urged to organise walks and get togethers in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.
Great Dog Walk Together events are taking place across the UK on June 23rd as part of the Great Get Together weekend on what would have been Jo’s 44th birthday.
Elaine Brown, 56, from Bristol, decided to organise doggy events after hearing about the initiative that aims to tackle loneliness and isolation.
She said: “We’re hoping people with dogs and people who don’t have dogs but enjoy spending time with them will take part.
“It would be lovely if that meant that people who felt isolated made friends with dog owners and were able to have a pet in their lives.
“Elderly people for example might not be able to have a dog of their own but meeting an owner could mean they could help out with pet sitting and make friends too.
“Dogs provide an easy starting point for conversation as you immediately have something in common with the other person at the end of the lead.
“I hope this event might lead to people making new connections and ultimately help to reduce people feeling isolated.”
The Great Get Together is in its second year and was founded following Batley Labour MP Jo’s death in 2016. She was stabbed to death in her constituency by Nazi extremist Thomas Mair, 41, who was jailed for life in November 2016.
In her first speech to Parliament, Jo said: “We are far more united and have far more in common that that which divides us.”
Street parties, coffee mornings, barbecues and music events are taking place across the country to celebrate Jo’s belief that communities should unite.
Jo’s sister Kim Leadbetter, 42, said she would be overjoyed by her legacy. She said: “Jo loved a celebration and are so many wonderful events planned for the end of June in her memory.
“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. On June 22-24 we can prove her right and help continue the work she started.”
To find out more about the Great Dog Walk Together visit https://www.greatdogwalktogether.com
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