It was a great get together!

On Sunday 18th June Ruby’s Fund hosted its first street party as part of the Great Get Together in Honour of MP Jo Cox. There was range of activities, which included making a Fathers Day key-ring, cupcake decorating, tombola, giant garden games and volunteers took it in turn to go in the stocks.
Acting chair of Ruby’s Fund and Cheshire East Councillor, Paul Bates kindly agreed to be in the stocks for part of the day. He well and truly got a soaking from adults and children alike!
The team from Congleton Learning Centre supported the event by making fruit and vegetable kebabs with the children and families. Adele Fletcher said: “It was lovely to be part of the Ruby’s Fund Great Get Together Street Party. It is not often we get opportunities like this to come together as a community and have fun!”
Local businesses My Babytime and Tiddly Bopper supported the event by donating their time to entertain the children and their families with music and movements sessions.
Charlotte Beardmore of My Babytime has been fundraising for Ruby’s Fund for the past 2 weeks after she set herself the challenge of doing a Lego walk. Charlotte was cheered on as she braved the pain of treading on lego to complete a 4 metre lego walk.
Alison Parr, founder of Ruby’s Fund said: “The Great Get Together street parties concept are a tribute to Jo Cox MP, who died in tragic circumstances. It was lovely to see families join us at the event and enjoy joining in different activities and generally have a nice time. The staff and volunteers have worked really hard to make today a success and without their input the event wouldn’t have happened.
Cllr Paul Bates Chair of the Board at Ruby’s Fund said” Jo’s husband has asked we celebrate her ethics. As well as campaigning around diversity and human rights, Jo was also concerned about loneliness, which is an issue in our towns and rural areas. If you are holding or attending an event, perhaps think about whether there is someone who lives on their own in your neighbourhood, who would appreciate being asked to come along and join in.
“Connected people are happier and healthier and I can’t think of a better tribute to Jo than for us all to connect and celebrate living in our local community.”
Paul added. Today the sun shone in memory of Jo Cox MP . We raised £400 which will go toward the Ruby’s Fund sensory garden which we hope to make a welcoming place of inspiration, education and enjoyment for all. I am sure Jo Cox would approve.