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Jo gets roped in to raise money for Macmillan

Jo Cox taking part in the Tug of War for MacmillanBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox lined up in the Parliamentary Tug of War to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity’s 30th annual Tug of War event saw a series of battles – including the eagerly anticipated House of Commons versus House of Lords, with the MPs winning their seventh straight victory.

All the money raised will help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The event was compéred by BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and saw spectators and teams enjoy an evening of fundraising festivities alongside the matches at Westminster College Gardens.

Mrs Cox was part of the team of female MPs who battled against the Macmillan ladies, but were beaten. She said: “There are 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK. The funds raised through events such as Macmillan’s Tug of War are more vital than ever before and will fund the vital practical, medical, emotional and financial support services that they offer.”

The Tug of War has raised over £3million to fund vital Macmillan services for people affected by cancer over the last 30 years.

Richard Taylor from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “The winning medals for Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War were as fiercely fought over as ever before in this, its 30th year.  The night was a fantastic success with politicians from all sides of the Commons and Lords really pulling together for the benefit of people affected by cancer.

“The incredibly generous donations from the spectators alongside some good natured political heave ho will go a long way in helping Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”

For further information please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/tugofwar