Eastbourne pupil helps launch radio show into space – and sets new Guinness World Record
Oliver Davies, who attends Gildredge House School, was part of the Fun Kids radio show which was sent into deep space at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London last night (February 21).
Oliver attended the event with some of the other children who took part, British astronaut Tim Peake and Guinness World Records officials who confirmed a new record had been set.
Oliver’s mother Wendy Davis said: “Oliver was so excited to be part of such a historic event, he loves space and science so it was a dream come true to be a part of something something so special and meeting an inspiring person like Tim Pice.
“He applied online a few months ago with a digital radio station called Fun Kids Radio, he had to record his answers to a number of questions and these were sent into space as part of the ‘radio program.
“I’m incredibly proud of Oliver, he’s such a kind, thoughtful and brave person. He took it all in his stride and savored every moment! He’s always thinking of others, so it’s so good that he has could enjoy something for him.
Funs Kids, a children’s radio station, asked children to send clips to the project, named Mission Transmission.
Those attending the event last night then pressed a big red button that kicked off the 30 minutes of audio, featuring the voices of children from across the country, light years away in deep space. .
For Oliver, the universal scale and enjoyment of the occasion served as a respite from the responsibility he took on at such a young age, according to his mother.
“I then had open heart surgery and Oliver received a bravery award from CBBC and Operation Ouch. I also had a stroke six months ago which forced Oliver to help me with daily chores and help me more at home.
“I’m a single parent, so it’s just the two of us that brought us together, but it also means a lot more responsibility for Oliver, which he takes on in his stride. He’s a very mature and sensible young man, so it’s nice when he can do something like this event where he enjoys being a kid.
“Although he is supported by groups such as the East Sussex Young Carers, it is difficult to be a young carer so it is always nice to attend an event where he gets a break from his responsibility .”