Chigwell’s dedicated Destiny wins award after inspiring others

Compassionate Destiny Dalby has been awarded The Most Inspirational Young Persons Award at a ceremony in The House of Commons.

Destiny , 8, from Great Owl Road, Chigwell, received the honor for her dedication to raising awareness about the severe hypersensitivity allergy anaphylaxis and was presented with the award by Mike Penning MP and the lead singer of Spandau Ballet Tony Hadley during the Kids Count ceremony on May 23.

Destiny was welcomed back to the Terrance Marquee in the House of Commons, where she spoke last year about the allergy.

Despite being only eight years old, she has impressed many with her commitment to public speaking about anaphylaxis, which is a topic close to her heart, having suffered from a fish and nut allergy since the age of three.

Destiny’s mother Paula Braithwaite-Dalby said: “It was a truly amazing night. There were loads of kids there who had been involved in reducing knife crime and even children that worked closely with people who have disabilities.”

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“My husband Steve and I are very proud of the difficulties Destiny has overcome having suffered from her allergy. She always carries antihistamine and an allergy pen but her passion is to raise awareness for children who are at risk of Anaphylaxis particularly while at school.”

Destiny has appeared in four films and on BBC Breakfast TV but she most enjoys spending her time organizing fun events to raise awareness of the allergy, including sponsored swims charity fashion shows.

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While the youngster enjoys music, singing and drama, her favourite subject is astronomy and she considers herself an expert on Black and White holes found in outer space.

Mrs Dalby praises Kids Count founder Linda Lawrence as the “real hero” of the evening, for giving young children the opportunity to present such important issues before parliamentary officials.

Destiny has now been nominated for our very own prestigious Young Citizen award at the Recorder, where she joins other youngsters who actively make a difference in the borough.

Winners all receive �40 to spend in their favourite shops at the Exchange Ilford and are automatically entered into the overall award, set to be announced early next year.

Do you know an inspirational young person? Contact the Ilford Recorder newsdesk on 020 8477 5825 or

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