On Sunday 20th September, 120 cyclists arrived at RAF College Cranwell for the annual JET Ride event hosted by Lincolnshire-based charity, the Jon Egging Trust (JET), to raise awareness and support for the nation’s younger generations.
Adapting and complying with the government guidance amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, JET’s riders, which included 8 members of the Red Arrows, set off under blue skies to undertake an impressive cycle ride, choosing the 50 or 80 mile course through the county.
Charity CEO Dr Emma Egging also took part alongside the charity’s patron Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth. Locals and cyclists enjoyed a spectacular flyover by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team to celebrate the day.
“I am delighted that JET Ride was able to go-ahead this year – despite the turmoil caused by COVID-19,” said Emma.
“JET is about inspiring young people to overcome adversity and this event symbolises that we are back in the saddle and raring to go; it was fantastic to see so many of our partner organisations represented and raising money for us.
“As a youth charity, we are adapting and innovating how we work to offer the best support possible to as many young people as we can, to help them get back on track with their learning and employment prospects too.
“JET is celebrating our 10 year Anniversary next year and we are excitedly building for the future with ambitious targets to reach more young people than ever in need of our support.”
As young people return to formal education, and with the government’s furlough scheme due to end next month, JET are committed to helping more young people than ever before, providing them with a toolkit of emotional resilience and adaptability to enable them to be the best that they can be.
Image (l-r): James McMillan – Former Red Arrow; Red Arrows – Squadron Leader Martin Pert; Red Arrows – Wing Commander David Montenegro; Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, JET Patron; Dr Emma Egging, JET CEO; Richard Peberdy, JET Trustee; Red Arrows – Squadron Leader Adam Collins; Red Arrows – Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds; Red Arrows – Flight Lieutenant James Turner & Red Arrows – Sergeant Denis Watson