Watch mini racers zoom and jump at astro turf Kernow Off Road Track near Helston

Published by Cornwall Live and The West Briton Newspaper on 23/01/2017

While many people may have never heard of radio controlled car racing, it is fast becoming a world renowned sport in its own right.

Watching miniature cars zoom around an AstroTurf track at high speed, all controlled from a hand held device may not be everyone’s idea of sporting prowess, but the hobby is a very serious business for many dedicated devotees.

Members of Kernow Off Road Track near Helston are no different, with several club members now competing at national level.

Keith Burgess, chairman of Kernow Off Road Track, said: “I do race but I mainly run the club for fun, I enjoy seeing people having a good time. The younger age group are quicker because the sport requires good hand-eye coordination; I think it’s to do with all the Xbox games they play with hand held controls. I mainly run the club with a couple of dedicated members. It’s now my full time job.

“Worldwide it’s considered a sport; in the UK it’s a hobby. It is mainly a male dominated sport but we do try to encourage women too. Maybe it’s something to do with hanging out at a muddy track in the rain with doesn’t really appeal to the ladies.”

There are many varying models of RC cars, so choose your weapon wisely! All cars fit into a specific class from micro cars to trucks, with each vehicle weighing anything up to 20 KG. Mainly battery or gas powered, the vehicles are controlled from a distance using a radio transmitter.

Keith Burgess shows us his RC car and prepares it for the afternoons practice race.


The British Radio Car Association (BRCA) administrates national races and ensures safety at local and higher levels.The sport has a sturdy fan base, with 200 affiliated clubs and 8,000 plus members nationwide.

Like any sport, RC car racing has its own elites, with top professionals rumoured to be earning up to £100,000 a year.

Darren Newton, secretary at the British Radio Car Association, said: “We are the governing body for the sport, just like FIFA for football.

“We ensure a safe environment for racers, from members competing in nationally to those who ‘backyard bash’ and race at local clubs. Budgets for racing can range from a £200 upwards. My budget for last year’s races was £6,000.”

Any speed fiends out there who fancy getting their hands on the controls can find a list of accredited UK RC car clubs on the BRCA website.

Article can be views on The Cornwall Live website here.

Kay Harvey with terminal condition holds Helston music festival for Royal Cornwall Hospital and BHF

Published by Cornwall Live on 20/01/2017

A former DJ with a rare terminal heart condition has spoken of her determination to make the most of life and help others facing similar devastating illnesses.

Kay Harvey, from Mullion, has suffered three heart attacks and two strokes over the past three years. She has more recently been diagnosed with a very rare heart condition and specialists have said they were yet to find a cure.

Despite this, she is unwavering in her efforts to raise money for those facing similar conditions and hopes to raise some much needed cash at a music festival in April in Helston for causes close to her heart.
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Mrs Harvey, who is in her forties, said: “I have deteriorated greatly since last year. My condition causes the arteries to explode meaning I’m more prone to heart attacks and strokes on a daily basis.

“Nothing at all can save me. I consider myself a smiley person but it’s getting harder to keep smiling. I’ve just got to stay strong.”

Mrs Harvey suffers from the rare condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (Scad). According to the British Heart Foundation, very little is known about Scad or why it occurs. The condition is unpreventable and the majority of sufferers are women.
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Mrs Harvey was hit with her first heart attack while out walking on the Lizard coast path in 2014. Unaware of what was happening, she said she felt tingling sensations in her arms, felt unwell and later collapsed after driving home. Formerly a local DJ, Mrs Harvey is now so sick she is unable to work.

“Having the condition at my age is incredibly rare,” she added. “I’m most scared of more strokes and losing my independence, because if I lose that, life isn’t worth living. My left arm and leg are now useless. My friends and family are devastated. Every day is a challenge. I am no longer able to work.”

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Despite all this, Mrs Harvey has organised a music festival and has promised an amazing line up from Irish rock and a Queen tribute to disco funk. Bands expected to feature include No Apologies, Not the Beatles and Three Minute Warning. The festival on April 2 at The Blue Anchor pub in Helston will be run from noon to 11pm. Tickets for the festival from noon to 11pm on April 2 at The Blue Anchor pub in Helston can be bought on the door for £5.

All proceeds will go to the cardiac unit at Royal Cornwall Hospital and The British Heart Foundation. The festival is the second event to be organised by Mrs Harvey, with the previous event in 2014 called Heart:Beats raising £2,500 in total.


Kay Harvey (left) hands over the cash raised in 2014 to Tina Prestwood and Tina Altree. Picture: Keith Richards

Mrs Harvey added: “I believe it’s good to give something back so it’s not all take, take, take. Music is a big thing for me. A motto I try to stick by is ‘do what you can, grab what you can and just do things while you’ve got the chance’.”

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and special mentions to Paul Turton for his help and to Simon Wilcocks for sponsoring the event. I hope it will be a fun day out for all the family.”

Can be found on the Cornwall Live website here

Show some love: teenager raises money for street cramps project

Published in the Newquay Voice Newspaper Feb 2017.

A Newquay teenager is showing some much needed ‘love’ by raising funds to help provide sanitary products to homeless women within Cornwall.

Bimini Love, a 15-year-old student at Truro School, hopes to support 35 homeless Truro based women for a whole year, and has recently smashed her initial Crowd Funder target aim.

The ‘Street Cramps’ project now has 161 supporters on Crowd Funder as well as the backing of local charities and residents alike.

In England, women make up 25% of homeless UK residents. Bimini claims that women on the streets simply can’t afford these obligatory essentials.

She said: “I was inspired because I began to notice the increasing number of women on the streets in Cornwall. They literally have nothing. I learnt that these women don’t have easy access to supplies for their most basic sanitary needs.

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Street Cramps fundraiser poster

“I’ve now raised enough money to help women in the whole of Cornwall for a whole year. My family are really supportive and think it’s a great and worthwhile project. The women helped have been really thankful and grateful of the boxes supplied and the additional support.”

National statistics suggest that one woman uses 11,000 sanitary products in her lifetime, amounting to £492 a year being spent on merchandise and pain relief.

With every £10 donation, the Street Cramps project aims to provide a woman with a ‘monthly gift’ box consisting of several essential items. This includes tampons, clean underwear, sanitary pads and heat pads.

The boxes are then distributed at homeless shelters and food banks. Yet, it is not only homeless women who are in need of some much needed help.

The Truro student is working alongside the St Petroc’s Society, who provides critical support services including accommodation, counselling and advice to single homeless people across the county.

Corinna Langford, a member of St Petroc’s homeless Society, said: “We think that it’s wonderful that a young person can really deliver on a project like this. She has surpassed her original target and the project has really snowballed, we are extremely proud to be part of her campaign.

“Being homeless often means going without washing and simple amenities such as a shower, it’s a really dyer situation for many homeless women.”