JET CEO heads underground in her penultimate JET10 fundraising challenge of 2021

JET CEO heads underground in her penultimate JET10 fundraising challenge of 2021

JET’s CEO, Dr. Emma Egging, is set to embark on her ninth of ten epic challenges in 2021, as she takes on a four-hour underground scramble in the UK’s largest cave system at Ease Gill in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend (Saturday 23 October)

Emma, has taken on ten physical and mental ‘JET10’ challenges this year to shine a spotlight on the plight of the vulnerable youngsters supported by the trust, and to raise £100k to expand their programmes.

Emma says:

“Every challenge I’ve taken on this year, from my 33-mile ultramarathon back in April to my 2.5-mile open-water swim in July, has forced me to step out of my comfort zone and ‘feel the fear’ of doing something new and challenging. That’s what we ask of our young people at JET too, many of whom have faced significant life challenges that have been the catalyst for them losing confidence and focus at school. When you find the courage to try something new, it helps you grow as a person. That is exactly what our programmes do. They empower our young people to believe in themselves and with the right mindset and support, shows them what they’re capable of.”

Emma is being guided on her subterranean adventure by two experienced cavers and Mountain Rescue volunteers, Ed Poulter and Alex Ritchie.

Mountain Rescue volunteer Ed Poulter, who is leading Emma’s caving challenge on Saturday 23 October.

Ed, a firefighter by day, says: “Ease Gill is a challenging but exciting system for a beginner like Emma, and includes some tight squeezes, free climbs and cascades into the mainstream-way. One of the things I love about caving and mountain rescue is the fact that you are helping people when they are having a really bad day, as well as using a range of problem-solving, communication and leadership skills which is exactly what JET teaches the young people they work with. This is why it’s so great to support Emma in this challenge.”

Software developer Alex has been caving for the past 15 years and has used his love of the sport to push himself and conquer personal demons, including a fear of heights: “One of the first caving trips I ever did involved a 100m abseil in a cave called The Lost World in New Zealand. I remember being told: ‘Don’t worry, there are no heights, just depths!’. It’s great to now be able to support Emma on her first caving adventure and help her to conquer fears of her own.”

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Image credit: The Palace at Ease Gill – Mark Burkey.

Emma’s JET10 events so far in 2021 have included:

  1. Grantham Canal 33-mile ultramarathon (18 April)
  2. Paddleboarding half-marathon – 13 miles. River Witham, Lincs (17 June)
  3. JET10 Virtual Relay (10 July)
  4. Open water swim: 2.5 miles along the length of Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria (17 July)
  5. Edale Skyline Challenge – 20mile, 10hr climb in the Peak District. (25 Aug)
  6. Great North Run (12 Sept)
  7. JETRide, Lincs – 100-mile cycle (26 Sept)
  8. Virtual London Marathon (03 Oct)
  9. Caving in Britain’s most complex cave system – Ease Gill (23 Oct)
  10. JET10 GRAND FINALE EVENT – TO BE REVEALED! (A November date to be announced)