Youth charity 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.
Emma, who founded the Jon Egging Trust (JET) a decade ago following the death of her
husband – Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging – 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.
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 main stream-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 teach 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
To get behind Emma’s latest JET10 challenge please visit:
EMMA’S JET10 EVENTS
- Grantham Canal 33-mile ultramarathon (April 18th)
- Paddleboarding half-marathon – 13 miles. River Witham, Lincs (June 17th)
- JET10 Virtual Relay (July 10th)
- Open water swim: 2.5 miles along the length of Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria
- Edale Skyline Challenge – 20mile, 10hr climb in the Peak District. (Aug 25th)
- Great North Run (12th Sept)
- JETRide, Lincs – 100-mile cycle (26th Sept)
- Virtual London Marathon (Sun 3rd Oct)
- Caving in Britain’s most complex cave system – Ease Gill (Oct 23rd)
- JET10 GRAND FINALE EVENT – TO BE REVEALED! (Nov