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Professor Brian Cox visits Witham

Professor Brian Cox presents the awards to the Blue Skies graduates.

Professor Brian Cox visited Witham on Wednesday, June 10th to present awards to 30 pupils who have completed the John Egging Trust programme.

Red Arrows team members Red 1 and Red 7 were also present, as well as Emma Egging the founder of the JET programme.

The pupils aged between 12 and 16 have taken part in the Trust's 'Blue Skies' youth engagement programme and have learnt a variety of skills, including teamwork and leadership skills as their main focus.

Professor Brian Cox, Patron of the Jon Egging Trust, said: "I strongly support the amazing work the charity does to help young people move forward in their lives. The most important thing that Trust does it 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."

The trust was set up in memory of the late John Egging - Red Arrows Pilot, who died on August 20, 2011 after taking part in a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity aims to help young people recognise their dreams, gain confidence and build on their strengths to give them the chance to achieve their goals.

The programme is delivered in combination with Royal Air Force staff from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight RAF Coningsby, RAF Scampton, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington, RAF Wittering and Ministry of Defence North Luffenham.

Dr Emma Egging, the CEO of the trust said: "Inspiration is at the heart of everything the trust does and we are hugely grateful for the support of our military partners and our patrons. With their help we really can show our young people that they too can reach the stars."