400 in 4 Charity Bike Ride in Aid of Jon Egging Trust
Six RAF pilots, Six Metropolitan Police Officers and three other brave people recently completed a bike ride from New Scotland Yard to RAF Valley in Wales in aid of the Jon Egging Trust. Starting on the 1st of June they covered 400 miles in four days travelling via RAF Marham in Norfolk, RAF Scampton (the home of the Red Arrows) in Lincolnshire, RAF Shawbury in Shropshire and ending up at RAF Valley in North Wales on the 4th June.
The intrepid cyclists were met at IV Squadron at RAF Valley by Dr Emma Egging, wife of Jon Egging and founder of the Trust, together with students from Holyhead High School who have just completed the Blue Skies Programme with the Jon Egging Trust. Over 20 students at the Downham Market Academy local to RAF Marham have also benefited from this initiative, with plans to continue into the future.
The Jon Egging Trust was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot, Jon Egging, who tragically lost his life on 20th August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The charity realises Jon’s dream of helping young people to overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions. Like Jon, the Trust wants to see the next generation succeed and, although they are a young charity, they are growing fast. Within the next two years the Trust will be operating in nine different counties across the UK and by 2020 the Trust aims to be offering life-changing opportunities through their Blue Skies youth programmes to thousands of young people every year. The programmes are designed to build confidence, teamwork, trust, communication and self-belief, so showing young people that with the right motivation, they can take control of their future.
Dr Emma Egging said: “I am delighted that RAF Valley and the Metropolitan Police have organised this ride in aid of the Jon Egging Trust. I was really looking forward to being at the finish line with the young people who have benefited so much from the Blue Skies North Wales programme, working in partnership with RAF Valley. I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored the cyclists and is helping us to achieve our aim of supporting 1,000 young people a year by 2020.”
Flight Lieutenant Ellis Williams who has helped design and run the North Wales Blue Skies programme said: “Having successfully completed the first Blue Skies programme in North Wales this year, RAF Valley is already working hard to make next year’s even better. This cycle challenge has been a tough few days for all of us, both Met Police and RAF alike, but it has been worth it for such a great cause. Having Emma and the Blue Skies students join us for the last mile of the cycle was a great occasion.”