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People came together across Cambridgeshire in memory of Jo Cox

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Friday, 23 June 2017, 20:25

Hundreds of people came together in Ely and Cambridge last weekend, to celebrate the life and memory of Jo Cox and enjoy the Great Get Together.

People from across the Fens donated money to the local refugee resettlement campaign and signed up to support HOPE not hate at a stall in Ely market.

Then at a coffee morning in the local Methodist church, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Baha’is, Humanists and atheists joined Ely residents in conversation over a piece of cake and a cup of tea.

Finally at St. Mary’s Church, the main hub of the Ely Great Get Together, residents shared dishes from all over the world, made new friendships, while children drew messages of hope on human paper chains. The event would not have been possible without the support of Chris and volunteers from Ely Community Against Hate.

The next day we met in Arbury, the most deprived part of the city, with the support of the city council, human and migrant rights organisations, ethnic and faith communities, voluntary groups and local supporters.

We had speakers who spoke about why Cambridge is “home” – Shahida Rahman, a writer, spoke about being a Muslim woman of Bangladeshi origin but her family has called Cambridge home for the past 60 years.

Aisha Shu, a local activist and refugee from Uganda, told of how Cambridge residents raised thousands on pounds to pay for her legal fees and help her settle in the city. Mayor George Pippas shared his own story – of a refugee who came to Cambridge fleeing war in Cyprus – and how he was proof that anyone can make it in the UK and give back to the community.

Also on Sunday, we supported the Ely Muslim Association in organising their Great Get Together Iftar, while Sunday was a picnic on the Peterborough Cathedral Green organised with the support of the Cathedral, Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services, Peterborough Racial Equality Council, ethnic and faith community groups.

Be it in liberal Cambridge, in conservative Fens or in multicultural, but economically deprived Peterborough, the vast majority of people agreed that we have more in common than what divides us and that, as a country, we need to be more united, now more than ever!

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