Remembering Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens and his contribution to JET

Remembering Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens and his contribution to JET

Photo Credit – MOD CROWN COPYRIGHT

It is with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the loss of Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens. He had been a serving member of the Royal Air Force since 1998 and was hugely supportive of the Jon Egging Trust and the work that JET undertakes to support young people facing life challenges.

Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens with the first West Midlands Blue Skies students, Dr Emma Egging, Stn Cdr Gp Cpt Tone Baker and personnel from RAF Cosford presenting the cheque for the funds that Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens raised

Gaz was pivotal in setting up the Jon Egging Trust’s programmes at RAF Cosford as well as driving the Station’s tremendous fundraising efforts – in our launch year he helped us to raise £15,000.

His hard work was recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours through the award of the Chief of the Air Staffs’ (CAS) Commendation.

Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens talks with Blue Skies students about the aircraft at RAF Cosford

Gaz believed in the potential of people and had a positive and inclusive outlook on life. He gave his time to coordinate the sessions on Station inspiring the students to be the best they can be. He also went above and beyond to ensure the young people were given the support and inspiration they needed with the creation of the RAF Cosford JET Committee, made up of supporters from across base.

Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens explains the controls inside the aircraft to Blue Skies Students

Only last week JET was delighted to find out that Gaz had volunteered to become the new point of contact for JET at RAF Brize Norton where he was most recently based.

Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens welcomes Blue Skies students to their inspiration day at RAF Cosford

Later this year a section of the Great Wall of China will be walked in Gaz’s memory, with all donations received going to JET.

If you would like to support the fundraising in memory of Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens please visit the justgiving page.

Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens at the inaugural West Midlands Blue Skies Graduation.Photo Credit – MOD CROWN COPYRIGHT

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Gaz’s inspiration will live on through the young people whose lives he helped change for the better and the Jon Egging Trust is committed to ensuring that we honour Gaz’s life in every way we can.