Brian Cox joins Jon Egging Trust as patron

Brian Cox
Image caption Professor Brian Cox will be the trust's second patron

Professor Brian Cox is to become a patron of the Jon Egging Trust, set up in memory of a Red Arrows pilot who died when his plane crashed.

The television scientist will be the second patron of the trust, which aims to help disadvantaged young people through engagement programmes.

Professor Cox said he is looking forward to helping the trust expand nationwide.

It was launched in Lincolnshire, where Flt Lt Egging was based.

Professor Cox said: "Inspiring and enthusing the next generation to be the best they can be is something I'm passionate about, and I believe that the worlds of aviation, engineering and science together can do that.

"I look forward to helping the trust to expand nationwide and reach as many young people as possible."

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Image caption Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Egging died when his plane crashed

Flt Lt Egging died when his Hawk T1 jet crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival, in August 2011.

His wife, Dr Emma Egging, founded the trust with his mother Dawn, childhood friend James Godley, and Red Arrows pilot Ben Plank.

Dr Egging said: "With the help of Professor Cox we really can show our young people that they too can reach for the stars."

The trust's existing patron is Air Vice Marshal Stuart Atha, who is also the Royal Air Force's Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group.

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