I originally trained as a teacher and taught a variety of age groups at various schools and colleges over 15 years. After bringing up my three children, I re-qualified in 1998 as an Occupational Therapist – the most recent post leading a community team of Physiotherapists, Nurses and Occupational Therapists. In 2008 I made a further career change and took up the post of Head of the Disability and Learning Support Service at the University of Birmingham, supporting staff at the University to ensure that young people with disabilities are able to fully access their studies.
Jon was born in Reading in Berkshire and spent his early years in Marlow on Thames; he was eight years old when we moved to Warwickshire where we have lived ever since and Jon continued with his schooling through to A-levels then off to University. As a young man growing up his passions were the Air Training Corps, learning to fly, archery, cycling, hill walking and socialising with his friends. He was a happy, ‘cup-half-full’ lad and for as long as I can remember always wanted to achieve his best.
This positive attitude to life followed him through into adulthood and beyond; and that, combined with determination, dedication, integrity and caring made him such an amazing role model and epitomises the young man who joined the RAF as an officer cadet, became a fast jet pilot, married Emma the love of his life and went on to fly with the Red Arrows at the peak of his career.
This is why we set up The Jon Egging Trust. To ensure that Jon’s positive ethos and desire to inspire and support others, carried on. The Jon Egging Trust seeks to support and inspire young people who through no fault of their own are not reaching their full potential in life, to be the best they can be. Jon was a natural leader and teacher and hugely valued teamwork and it is these attributes that we seek to develop and draw out in the young people we work with.