Bitting specialist Neue Schule's chief executive officer Sarfraz Mian recently organised a cycle ride to commemorate the life and work of the murdered Labour MP, Jo Cox.
The Jo Cox Way cycle ride saw cyclists set off from the Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton, in the MP’s West Yorkshire constituency, on a gruelling, five-day, 260-mile ride, arriving at the Houses of Parliament on Sunday (21 August).
On Day 1, they were joined by Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, 85-year-old Brian Robinson, the first Briton to finish the Tour de France, and Franklin Medhurst, 96, a Second World War veteran who, despite losing a leg beneath the knee, rode a special recumbent tricycle.
The cyclists – also joined by hundreds of others for various parts of the journey – raised almost £1,500 for the charities the MP supported. Donations can still be made to The Jo Cox Way’s JustGiving page.
Sarfraz was inspired by Jo’s zest for life and passion for people and communities – regardless of race, creed or religion. “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,” he said. “Being joined by so many other cyclists en route to Parliament is a real tribute to Jo and all the pockets of good work that go on up and down the UK, in our villages, towns and cities.”