AN event aimed to combat loneliness and bring people together hosted numerous special guests last Wednesday.

A ‘Great Get Together Superjam’ event was held at the Holiday Inn at Dodworth with guests including Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Lady Rowena Stuart Wortley, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Martin McKervey, Deputy Mayor of Barnsley, Sarah Tattershall, and parents of murdered MP Jo Cox, Gordon and Jean Leadbeater.

Kathy Markwick, a key organiser of the event, said: “The event is kindly sponsored by Ann Kelly, general manager at Holiday Inn, and Fraser Doherty MBE, the founder of Superjam, who has donated thousands of jars of his wonderful Superjam for this monthly event and Wayne Padgett, chairman of Haywood and Padgett’s Bakery who has kindly donated thousands of their delicious scones.”

The events started eight years ago with 40 attendees, but the number has risen to more than 250 guests in recent years.

Martin McKervey, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, said: “My wife Juliet and I were so pleased to attend this great event.

“It was inspiring to see so many people singing, dancing, and enjoying good company and conversation.

“Events like this remind us of the importance of friendship and community.

“It was so special to meet with Gordon and Jean Leadbeater, they are wonderful people.

“Huge thanks to Kathy and her team for organising the event, they should all be very proud of their work.”