The Jon Egging Trust (JET), a trust set up in memory of the Red Arrows pilot who lost his life at the Bournemouth Airshow in 2011, has received a funding boost from US aerospace giant Northrop Grumman.
The funding will support over 200 young people across the UK through its Blue Skies programme which builds leadership skills, resilience and aspiration in disadvantaged and under-confident students who are struggling at school.
It will also help fund 1,000 vulnerable young people to experience JET’s inspirational outreach sessions which link young people to aspirational role models and speakers.
Dr Emma Egging, who set up the trust in memory of her late husband said: “Covid and the current cost of living crisis have made life unimaginably difficult for so many young people across the UK, especially those who were already facing adversity,” says Emma. “We are hugely grateful to the team at Northrop Grumman for their continued belief in our young people and their belief in our ethos of offering opportunity and support to students who are brimming with potential but haven’t yet had the chance to shine.”
Northrop Grumman Chief Executive in UK and Europe, Nick Chaffey added: “Every child has the potential for brilliance, and at Northrop Grumman we are passionate about helping everyone unlock their full potential, no matter the obstacles.
“Partnering with organisations like JET helps to leverage science and technology’s innovation to help young people facing adversity discover opportunities that are meaningful, exciting and rewarding. Across the country, we will continue to do everything we can to support young people who need it most. Our partnership with JET is a key pillar of that mission, and it is an honour to continue our work with them.”