Bournemouth students to climb Kinder Scout thanks to help from Jon Egging Trust (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Bournemouth students to climb Kinder Scout thanks to help from Jon Egging Trust
2:05pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
STUDENTS are building up their strength for the challenge of a lifetime with the help of the widow of tragic Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging.
Year 10 youngsters from Winton and Glenmoor in Bournemouth will join teams from schools in Norfolk and Lincolnshire to climb Kinder Scout in the Peak District later this month.
The expedition is part of the Jon Egging Trust's Blue Skies programme, set up following the pilot's death during the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2011.
The programme aims to give vulnerable youngsters the opportunity to do things they have never had the opportunity to do before.
Four teams will navigate four separate routes up Kinder Scout to raise money for the Trust, which aims to help disadvantaged young people across the country.
Dr Egging joined the team of five in Bournemouth for a training session in the New Forest.
She said: “Although we are a small charity we have big ambitions. By 2016 we will be established nationwide, operating in seven different counties and positively affecting the lives of more than 400 young people each year.
“We are asking people to sponsor events like this to ensure that Jon Egging's legacy of inspiring and achieving lives on through his Trust.”
One participant, 14-year-old Jack Goodey, said: “We have all really enjoyed taking part in Blue Skies and are looking forward to the expedition on October 15.
“We have been doing a lot of training and walking around the local area with heavy objects in our bags.”
More information about the trust is available at joneggingtrust.com
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