A TRUST established in memory of a Red Arrows pilot has been backed by a stellar new patron.

Physicist and former pop star Professor Brian Cox has lent his support to the Jon Egging Trust, an organisation founded in 2011 following the death of its namesake during the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The presenter, who now hosts science programmes for the BBC, has been hailed as an “ideal role model and inspirational figure” by the charity. He will join Air Vice Marshal Stuart Atha as the trust’s second patron.

Jon’s wife Dr Emma Egging, who co-founded the organisation, said: “I am so pleased to welcome Professor Brian Cox to the Jon Egging Trust team as our patron.

“Inspiration is at the heart of everything the Jon Egging Trust does. With the help of Professor Cox we really can show our young people that they too can reach for the stars.”

Professor Cox said: “I am delighted to become a patron of the Jon Egging Trust, and I strongly support the amazing work the charity does – inspiring and enthusing the next generation to be the best they can be.”