Black and White Ball – Saturday 5 December 2015

A very successful event organised by keen supporter, Elizabeth Wright, which raised over £4,000 for Destiny Garden School. Adlington Hall Hunting Lodge proved to be an ideal venue and the fabulous live 9 piece Band – ‘Bring on the Swing’ – certainly got everyone swinging.

Many thanks to Elizabeth and her helpers, and to all those who supported the event.


End of Year 2015 Celebrations

End of Year 2015 Celebrations

Generous donations received from our sponsors and supporters enabled Destiny Garden School to put on a wonderful ‘End of Year’ event to celebrate another successful year. The graduation of the Kindergarten Class 3 students took place, prizes were awarded to the high achievers, all the children received a gift as an early Christmas present, and, for the first time, we were able to provide all the staff with a much appreciated gift of supermarket vouchers in recognition of their hard work during the year.

A special meal for the children and their parents or guardians was organised and the event helped to emphasise the importance and rewards of education and promoted a sense of community.

For the full report and photos please see the Destiny Garden School website

Lauren and Izzy raise funds for DGS

Lauren and Izzy raise funds – 22nd October

Friends, Lauren and Izzy aged 7, took part in a charities day at school where they had to plan and run a stall to raise money for charity. They organised a lucky dip where participants could win either a sweet, a cake or a teddy bear. Together they raised £21 for the children at Destiny Garden School, Mombasa.

The pound goes a long way in Kenya and this will be enough to provide 350 children at the school with a nutritious lunch. Many thanks and well done Lauren and Izzy.

Quiz Night – 16 October 2015

A successful Quiz Night raised much needed funds for Destiny Garden School and will be enough to provide the 420 children at the School with a nutritious lunch for a month – the pound goes a long way in Kenya!

Many thanks to all who supported the event and to Chris, our Quizmaster.

Text Books for DGS

Used books buy new books for DGS – September 2015

Much to the delight of the teachers and children, a large donation enabled Destiny Garden School to buy much needed text books.  A sponsor and keen supporter of DGS has set up a project in the UK selling donated books to second-hand book dealers.  This entails a great deal of research shopping around for the best deals, but the results have been great.

If you live near Macclesfield and have any unwanted, good quality books please contact committee member Judy Roper on 01625 434262.  A level and University text books are particularly sought after, as are books and  CDs on travel and languages. We can also take DVDs, Xbox/Play Station and Wii games.

Yogathon for Africa Watoto

Yogathon raises funds for DGS – 12 September 2015

Sharelove yoga raised funds for Africa Watoto, a charity providing lunches for the kindergarten children at DGS this year. Our thanks go to all those yoga enthusiasts.  For more details please see the school website – DGS Website

The Ken Dodd Ramshackle Laughter Tour 2015

What have Ken Dodd and his Diddy men got to do with Destiny Garden School?

They represent Hig, Si, Peach and Keith who are driving a 20 year old Volvo from Macclesfield to Munich on some of the most exhilarating roads in Europe to raise much needed funds for DGS. More details of ‘The Ken Dodd Ramshackle Laughter Tour’ on – – and if you could make a donation to help these diddy men raise funds that would be wonderful!

Gawsworth Coffee Morning – Thursday 6th August 2015

A very successful and enjoyable coffee morning was held at Gawsworth Methodist Church Hall raising much needed funds for Destiny Garden School. The £300 raised will go towards school lunches for the children at DGS – the pound goes a long way in Kenya and this will provide all 420 children with a nutritious school lunch for 2 weeks.

Many thanks to all our helpers and friends who attended the event, and to all those who made donations.

Article in INSIDE Magazine – June 2015

INSIDE published an article about Macclesfield schoolgirl Madeline Burton and her pen-pal, Mwanankombo at DGS, Mombasa:  see Inside Article June 2015.

Maddy handing her pen pal letter to Victor

Maddy handing her pen pal letter to Victor, the DGS School Manager.


Maddy met Victor during his UK visit and was able to give him her reply to Mwanankombo’s letter.

Several of our sponsors’ children have become pen pals with DGS children of a similar age.  Their letters are read out to the whole class, ensuring the children not sponsored are not left out, and they form part of the teacher’s English lesson.

If you would like to sponsor a child in a similar way please see this link for details about the sponsorship programme.

Annual General Meeting – 12 June 2015

AGM 2015

Destiny Children’s fifth AGM was held on 12th June 2015 at the Amuse Cafe, Macclesfield. Another busy but successful year; the charity has been able to cover the running costs of Destiny Garden School, Mombasa, and also enabled a number of improvements to be made at the School. A presentation detailing some of the events that have taken place both in the UK and in Mombasa was shown – please see AGM 2015 Destiny Children 

Chick Flick Night – 27th May 2015

Park Tavern Flicks

A great night  was had by all the ladies who attended our first Chick Flick night. We ate mini burgers, wonderful cakes and watched a very weepy film,  ‘About Time’; there was definitely sobbing from the back row!

We raised much needed funds to go towards Destiny Garden School’s feeding programme and many thanks go to the Park Tavern, Macclesfield, for providing the food, the prize for the draw and the lovely venue.

For our next evening pop-corn and full sized burgers are promised; so watch this space for the next date!


Carol completes the London Marathon and raises over £1,150 – May 2015

Congratulations to Carol who completed the London Marathon last month and raised over £1,150 for Destiny Garden School. Donations are still being received and if you would like to donate please see Carol’s previous news article.

This is Carol’s report the day after the event:

Carol“It was a cold morning on Sunday 26 April as I caught the number 54 to Blackheath, so I boarded the bus shivering in my shorts only to be told that buses, unlike all other London Transport, were not free. Never mind I thought getting out some money. The sour faced driver just looked at me and tapped the Oyster card sign …. oh!  I just stood there dumfounded imagining that I might be faced with running 10 mile before the race even started. I was just about to disembark when a very kind gentleman lent me his card to pay with. What a lovely gesture and what a nice start to my day. I sat down and got chatting to two young girls who were also running. We walked up to the race area together, chatting, laughing and cheering each other on until we went our separate ways… they went to Red start and I went to my Blue area on my own.

The feeling of camaraderie was wonderful. I met such lovely people; in the queue for the loos, at the baggage drop off, (including a girl who gave me one of her bin liners to go under my plastic mac because I was shivering) and at the start line. It was warmer once we were all huddled together, so as the barriers straps lifted and we began walking towards the start line, we plucked up the courage to throw off our plastic layers, revealing our sleeveless vests and shorts. We soon warmed up and the dull sky made for perfect running weather.

The first 6 mile or so are quite frustrating as there are so many runners that you can’t run at your pace. I felt that I was not running to my full potential. You’re running with various animals, superman, a Buxton water bottle, and brides and fairies of both sex so it’s quite entertaining and huge credit to those who are brave enough to run in costume. Not long after that it started to thin out so I could go for it.

I spent the first 18 miles just beaming, amazed at all the iconic sights of London. And the crowd… well what can I say? It is not an exaggeration to say that they are amazing! They clap, they cheer and they shout your name as if you are Paula or Wilson. They hand runners sweets, oranges, bananas and drinks. I was more than grateful for the jelly babies and Starbursts which I scooped from outstretched hands!

The organisation was brilliant too with plenty of drinks stations offering water, Lucozade and gels. Occasionally there were people offering Vaseline for those with sore bits but I was fortunate enough not to need it (I had put it on my feet and between my toes beforehand to alleviate friction). It’s usually the men that need it the most.

Part way round I saw a man in a familiar yellow and black Congleton Harrier vest so I said hello as we ran along before we both went back to our own pace – all that way only to see someone from my own town!

After 20 miles when my head went down a bit I was spurred on by people shouting my name and telling me that it wasn’t much further. Various parties playing loud music along the way also helped to keep my legs moving. At 23 miles, I can’t pretend it wasn’t tough, especially when I saw people stopping and walking… it was so tempting! All I can say is that, at that stage, it’s not just stamina, it’s sheer willpower and mind over matter.

It was also the thought that my daughters, Sophia and Ellie, and my friend Penny and her daughter Georgia were waiting to wave me on at the 25 mile mark that kept me heading towards the next balloon arched mile marker. When I saw them it was just wonderful as their faces lit up in recognition as I ran towards them. I would love to have stopped to hug them all but I knew that I was going well and if I did stop, I might not get back into my pace. I was also aware of passing the 3:30 pacers a while back so I knew that I had exceeded my expectations. I wasn’t going to let that slip and if anything I picked up pace especially after seeing the guys from my running club in Biddulph, who gave me an almighty cheer.

Seeing the 800m mark was wonderful but from my girls doing athletics I know it’s still a fair way. Then the 400m mark… nearly there. Around that point I heard a voice behind me saying “Carol” … It was the lovely Rachael from my club. She’s done so well too and we exchanged a “well done”. Then I looked ahead to the finish line and the clock. I could see the time and by then I knew that I wanted to come in sub 3:30. A man just ahead of me had turned round, running backwards urging his friend to keep going. I smiled at him, “we’re going to break 3:30” I said. “Easily” he shouted laughing. With that I dug deep and hurled myself towards the finish. What a great feeling! As I walked forward I picked up my London commemorative blue T-shirt and was handed my medal with a “well done Carol” as if I had won the race. I suppose everyone who crossed the finish line yesterday has won their own race. Though total strangers, we all congratulated each other on our run.  We were told to keep moving but I looked behind and saw Rachael. We just walked along with our arms around each other until we went to separate trucks to collect our numbered red bags. Once I was re-united with my phone, I rang the girls. Amazingly they had been able to track my progress all the way round and told me that I had done it in 3:26:30. I came 32nd  in my category so I was very pleased and also very grateful to everyone who supported me.

I’m hurting today but was very proud to have once again worn my Destiny Children vest and to raise money for such a great cause. I am very happy that the children will benefit from the money raised. I also like to think that my run will show that with hard work you can achieve anything at any age.


Looking back – May 2009 to May 2015

DGS May 2009 and May 2015

DGS May 2009 and May 2015

In May 2009 DGS opened with 7 classes, 160 children and 9 staff. It is now a full Primary and Kindergarten School with 12 classes, 420 children, 16 teachers and 8 support staff. Destiny Children has supplied funds to buy land, build the classrooms, an office and staff room, and equip a kitchen.  We have also provided funds to install sanitation and a source of clean drinking water. The  “before and after” photos taken in 2009 and 2015, illustrate the progress the school has made.

Carol is running the London Marathon for DGS – April 2015

Carol running the Wilmslow Half Marathon in 2011Carol, mother of twins and keen amateur athlete, is also a keen supporter of Destiny Garden School and is running the London Marathon again for Destiny Garden School on Sunday, 26th April 2015.

If you would like to sponsor Carol, donations can be made by:

  • Virgin Money Giving:
    Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving
  • in person to Carol
  • by cheque made payable to ‘Destiny Children’ and sent to the address below.
  • by emailing us at

Gift Aid

Gift Aid ItIf you would like Destiny Children to reclaim tax on your donation, please let us know when you send your donation. You understand that you must pay an amount of income tax or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax reclaimed by the charity.

Please send cheques to:

Destiny Children,
1 Manor Crescent,
Cheshire SK10 2EN


Carol running the London Marathon in 2011

Carol running the London Marathon in 2011Carol running the London Marathon in 2011

Bollywood comes to Bollington again – March 2015

Bollywood event 2015Destiny Children held a spectacular “Bollywood” evening on Friday 6th March to raise much needed funds for Destiny Garden School in Mombasa, Kenya. Over 100 people enjoyed an evening of Indian food, music, entertainment and dancing at the Viceroy restaurant in Bollington, and raised enough funds to give all 420 children at the school a nutritious lunch every day next term.

Organiser Viki Lee said: “The Destiny Children Charity does such great work, helping to provide a better future for the children at Destiny Garden School by giving them a good education and the basic welfare they need to survive“. 

Judy Roper, Founder of the Charity, commented: “We are grateful to everyone at the Viceroy Indian Restaurant in Bollington for their fabulous support and delicious food, as well as to all those who joined us to make the “Bollywood Night” such a success. We would also like to thank all our friends and supporters who donated raffle prizes to help the event raise so much”.

Bollywood event 2015  Bollywood event 2015

New text books for DGS reduce the ratio to 3:1 – February 2015

Several large donations and many from ‘Gifts That Make A Difference’ bought text books for the children at Destiny Garden School. This reduced the pupil to books ratio to 3:1, from the previous 5:1 – i.e. 5 children were sharing one book.


Eyelashes for Cars!

What have eyelashes for cars got to do with Destiny Garden School? For every sale of car eyelashes, Destiny Children receives a donation which goes towards the shortfall in the running costs of the School. So, if you would like to help DGS, buy some eyelashes for your car! Check out their website – http://www.eyelashes-for-cars.comEyelashes For Cars

King’s School raise funds for Destiny Garden School – January 2015

Kings School Sponsored RunA sponsored run, a Christmas Post Office service and a Carol Service collection raised a fantastic £2,800 for Destiny Garden School. Our thanks go to King’s Juniors and infants, and to all who supported these charity efforts; their generosity is very much appreciated. These funds will go towards ensuring that the school is able to provide all 420 children with a school lunch each day.

Destiny Garden School and King Junior’s sing together – January 2015

DGS Choir

DGS children practising the Christmas song in Mombasa

We received great feedback from our sponsors and supporters on the Christmas song sang by both the children at King’s School, Macclesfield, and Destiny Garden School, Mombasa. They didn’t actually get together but some clever editing was done by sponsor Simon Robertshaw.    To hear it please click on this link  ‘ I’m Thinking of You this Christmas’