Turning Plane into Beautiful; It Was Teesside Plane Recycling Boss Kevin O'Hare's Love for His Daughter That Spurred Him to Make a TV Programme with Designer Kevin McCloud. Now the Project Could Raise More Than PS50,000 for a Welldeserved Charity. KELLEY PRICE Finds out More

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Turning Plane into Beautiful; It Was Teesside Plane Recycling Boss Kevin O'Hare's Love for His Daughter That Spurred Him to Make a TV Programme with Designer Kevin McCloud. Now the Project Could Raise More Than PS50,000 for a Welldeserved Charity. KELLEY PRICE Finds out More


Byline: KELLEY PRICE

WHEN the TV bods asked Kevin O'Hare for a disused plane to recycle into cool new design-led products, he spotted an opportunity.

His five-year-old daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with cancer and not expected to live past three, and Kevin wanted to raise money for the charity that's helping her through it - Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance (NCCA).

He said: "The TV company told me they'd probably auction off the products. I said 'if you let me pick a charity for the proceeds to go to, I'll consider getting an aircraft for you.' "Now we're hoping to raise more than PS50,000 for NCCA - I'm over the moon."

The result was Channel 4 TV programme Kevin McCloud's Supersize Salvage - a jumbo-sized green challenge for the presenter and his team of three designers.

The idea for Arrow Media's programme was to use aircraft parts to create sought-after new items, from rickshaws to rocking chairs and from storage to jewellery, leaving nothing for scrap.

The products have proved so popular that big names like Heal's and Habitat are interested.

And ex-pilot Kevin's on cloud nine.

"The whole idea was to raise money. A one-off lump sum is great, but if we can give them a constant flow over a period of time that's even better."

And the green message he's been trying to get across since setting up Sycamore just a couple of years ago, seems to have sprouted wings.

The company has been inundated with hundreds of enquiries, and the beginnings of a commercial venture between the designers are underway.

"The programme has shown there's a demand for upcycled products from an aircraft," says Kevin.

"When I started the company, the plan was to recycle as much of an aircraft as possible, because it's environmentally friendly but also to generate as much income out of the products rather than waste them.

"We've just never had the resources. …

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