Jo Cox was an MP who was sadly murdered on the 16th June 2016 in her constituency doing the work she loved, as an MP committed to helping the public.
To mark the anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP, the Jo Cox foundation are asked communities to set up events where residents have a chance to enjoy being together and celebrate what we have in common in our communities rather than what divides us.
The Foundation exists to guide people towards those who are working on the things Jo was passionate about. People who know that it is not enough just to talk about what can make communities stronger or to complain about injustice, indifference or cruelty.
With this in mind, on Friday I hosted a community bake off competition for local residents, schools, places of worship etc. in order to promote unity, cohesion and inclusivity. Each entrant had the opportunity to bake something sweet (a cake, biscuit, dessert) and had it judged by our all star panel of judges who crowned the 'Excel Church' ladies the Bilston Bake Off Champions!
Our panel of judges were be made up of; Dicky Dodd from Signal 107, The Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton, Dennice McKinnon (MasterChef finalist), Councillor Linda Leach and me.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the entrants, judges, Councillors, Revolver Coffee World and Wolverhampton's Trophy Centre for their hard work, donations and community spirit which made this event a success. We managed to raise £304.02 for the Jo Cox Foundation.