Cornish pair on great walk in memory of Jo Cox

By Cornish Times in Local People

Two women from the Eden Project are due to set off on Monday on an epic trek back home from Yorkshire as part of the just-announced The Great Big Walk.

Keen walkers Jane Knight and Judy Thorn make up one of five teams spanning the UK, connecting people and celebrating community during the three-week journey. 

The Great Big Walk aims to highlight the rich diversity of communities which make up the backbone of the UK, while demonstrating the commonality we all share.  

Setting off from Batley, West Yorkshire, where Jo Cox was MP, the walkers will head home in time to join The Big Lunch as the highlight of The Great Get Together celebrations on the weekend of June 16-18, inspired by the MP and marking the first anniversary of her death.

The teams will travel home to five corners of the UK, finishing simultaneously on Sunday 18 June in Cornwall, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and London. Every day, the walkers and their supporters will visit different community projects and initiatives and will spend time with the extraordinary people who go the extra mile to bring communities together.

The Great Big Walk, an idea from the Eden Project made possible with funding from the National Lottery and other supporters, was announced on Thursday with the support of Jo Brand, who will join walkers at the start in Batley for a spectacular community send off.

Judy Thorn, who is visitor experience manager at Eden, and landscape architect Jane Knight will be walking about 10 miles a day for three weeks.  They will be on foot for most of the distance between Batley and Eden’s site near St Austell in Cornwall.

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