Allergy sufferer Destiny’s date with stardom

A former Recorder Young Citizen who suffers from a severe allergy is over-the-moon about being invited to an Olympics-inspired red carpet event this summer.

Destiny Dalby, 10, of Great Owl Road, Chigwell, is one of the stars of a short film called True Colours which has been nominated for a Film Nation Shorts award.

The budding actress who campaigns to raise awareness of her condition is a guest at the awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank on July 4.

Destiny has lived with a fish and nut allergy since she was three years old and can have serious anaphylactic reactions which are potentially life-threatening.

She said: “I’m very excited. It will be lovely. I’m going to get a new dress at Monsoon.”

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The competition, run by the UK Film Council and LOCOG, is for short films inspired by Olympic values.

After gaining experience acting on The Disney Channel, Destiny successfully auditioned for the film.

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It shows a group of children excitedly building a Lego creation.

There is a surprise reveal of their Olympics-inspired handiwork at the end of the five-minute piece.

Destiny, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, said: “It was really fun. I liked playing with the Lego and then we got some biscuits at the end.”

Her mother, Paula Braithwaite-Dalby, said: “It’s about people working together.

“We just really like the film.

“It’s very powerful.”

Destiny won the June 2011 Young Citizen award, co-sponsored with Redbridge Rotary Club, for her work organising sponsored swims and fashion shows to raise awareness of allergic conditions.

The youngster, who is home-schooled, has had about five serious anaphylactic reactions.

She carries two epipens, which are epinephrine injections, and medication, should she suffer a reaction.

Her mother said: “I do believe she’s growing out of her allergies.”

The film, directed by Sarah Peace, is nominated in the best documentary or experimental category for filmmakers aged 20 to 25.

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