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Hospital staff get together to remember Jo Cox

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Staff at Airedale Hospital held a special event on Friday 16 June to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP, who was killed in Birstall last year.

The Great Get Together is a national movement to bring communities together, as Jo strove to do, and to focus on what we all have in common. Staff and volunteers at the hospital were invited to take a break and come together in one of the hospital’s courtyard gardens to share lunch and conversation.

The Airedale Get Together was supported by Incommunities, the Bradford-based social housing provider which works closely with the Trust.   Incommunities has kindly donated a picnic bench to Airedale Hospital, which has been made by their apprentices.

“Jo Cox was an inspirational MP and she worked hard to bring communities together,” explains Michael Smith, head of employee health and wellbeing at the Trust. “With nearly 3,000 staff we have our own community here at Airedale, but don’t often get the chance to come together and have a chat. Jo’s memory has inspired to change that, and we have encouraged our staff to take a break – even if it is just 10 minutes – to be part of this event, and to find out what else we all have in common

“We’re delighted with the picnic bench from Incommunities, which was a very kind gesture. Not only did it give us a focal point for our Get Together, it also means that staff can use it for lunch breaks which is good for their wellbeing, as it gets them away from their ward or computer.”

Sue Laycock, Incommunities’ Director of HR, said: “We are delighted to be part of today’s event and make this donation.

“Hopefully, the picnic bench will provide a relaxing spot for hospital staff to take a break and meet up with colleagues. It also serves as a fitting legacy to the inspiring contribution Jo Cox made in bringing people from all walks of life together.”

As part of the Get Together, Airedale staff were also able to take part in a free raffle and enjoyed cakes and treats baked by their colleagues.