Professor Brian Cox, one of the patrons of the Jon Egging Trust will be running in the Morrisons Great North Run to raise funds for the Trust. He will be joined by Dr Emma Egging, CEO of the Trust, and two of Jon's Red Arrows team mates, Chris Lyndon Smith and Ben Plank.
The Jon Egging Trust was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging (Red 4) who tragically lost his life on 20th August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.
Professor Brian Cox, said: “I'm really looking forward to running with Emma Egging and the Red Arrows pilots, and I want to raise as much money as possible to support the amazing work the charity does to help young people move forward in their lives. The most important thing that the Trust does is to show its students that there are possibilities out there. We are talking about young people who have low aspirations and low self-confidence – not through any fault of their own. £45 a day is all its costs to put a young person on the Blue skies programme, and change their lives.”
Dr Emma Egging, CEO of the Jon Egging Trust said: “The Great North Run and its association with the Red Arrows will always make it a particularly poignant race for me and it means a great deal to be running to raise money for the Trust with two of Jon's teammates from the Reds as well as our patron Professor Brian Cox. Fund raising initiatives like the Morrisons Great North Run are absolutely vital to our success, and fulfilling our ambition to work with 10,000 young people every year by 2020.”
To sponsor Prof Brian Cox and the rest of the team go to www.joneggingtrust.org.uk and click on the Great North Run.