About destiny of a child

Founded in 2002 by Annie Martin, Destiny of a Child is a registered charity (no. 1096499), which has been working to raise money and provide assistance for worthwhile charitable causes focusing on children.

We raised over £280 000 through our last organised challenge climbing Kilimanjaro and thereby supported cochlear implant surgery for profoundly deaf children.

Since our first links with Destiny of a Child in 2003 we have been amazed by the enthusiam and commitment of Annie and her team in all they do...
— Sue Archbold, The Ear Foundation, Nottingham

Our focus for 2018 is raising funds for Dogs for Good, a UK registered charity (no. 1092960) which provides training to puppies to become assistance dogs for children with autism.

Our trustees and fundraisers

Annie Martin would like to thank all Trustees
and members of the organising committee.


They have kindly offered their time, personal effort, hard work, generosity,
their soul and humour to make this project a great success.

Annie would also like to extend special thanks to Francesca and Carolyn
for their exceptional support on this project.
Annie Martin Founder / Fundraiser Annie qualified as a lawyer in Paris in 1980, and worked at the European Commission in Brussels. Annie founded Destiny of a Child in 2002, and is also the founder of Nannies Incorporated.

Annie Martin

Founder / Fundraiser

Annie qualified as a lawyer in Paris in 1980, and worked at the European Commission in Brussels.

Annie founded Destiny of a Child in 2002, and is also the founder of Nannies Incorporated.

Francesca Turner Trustee / Fundraiser Francesca has a professional background in the City, and is married with four children. She is also involved with other charities assisting handicapped adults as well as an educational project in Malawi.

Francesca Turner

Trustee / Fundraiser

Francesca has a professional background in the City, and is married with four children.

She is also involved with other charities assisting handicapped adults as well as an educational project in Malawi.

Carolyn Collyer Fundraiser Carolyn has many years experience working in the West End and finally Company Secretary for a busy motorcycle group in London. She is married with two children and has twenty years experience of working on charitable projects.

Carolyn Collyer

Fundraiser

Carolyn has many years experience working in the West End and finally Company Secretary for a busy motorcycle group in London.

She is married with two children and has twenty years experience of working on charitable projects.

Julie Crawford Trustee / Fundraiser Married with three daughters, Julie studied Art History and Art in Dublin and Christies London. Julie has done extensive work with Cheshire Homes and Destiny of a Child over the years.

Julie Crawford

Trustee / Fundraiser

Married with three daughters, Julie studied Art History and Art in Dublin and Christies London.


Julie has done extensive work with Cheshire Homes and Destiny of a Child over the years.

Christian Bazantay Trustee Married with two children, Christian is a lawyer by education with extensive business experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Christian also volunteers with assisting terminally ill cancer patients.

Christian Bazantay

Trustee

Married with two children, Christian is a lawyer by education with extensive business experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Christian also volunteers with assisting terminally ill cancer patients.

Mercedes Garcia-Rodriguez Trustee Mercedes works as an interpreter at the European Parliament in Brussels, and is married with three children. Alongside Destiny of a Child, Mercedes is also involved in teaching languages to refugee children.

Mercedes Garcia-Rodriguez

Trustee

Mercedes works as an interpreter at the European Parliament in Brussels, and is married with three children.

Alongside Destiny of a Child, Mercedes is also involved in teaching languages to refugee children.

Maria Grazia-Wrigley Fundraiser Maria Grazia graduated in European Studies, with a postgraduate in education. She taught in schools in London, Milan and St Brieuc. She participated in a project, Power Your Future, which enabled schools over the UK to access solar power.  She also set up and runs a company, Villabella which imports Italian hand painted ceramics. 

Maria Grazia-Wrigley

Fundraiser

Maria Grazia graduated in European Studies, with a postgraduate in education. She taught in schools in London, Milan and St Brieuc. She participated in a project, Power Your Future, which enabled schools over the UK to access solar power. 

She also set up and runs a company, Villabella which imports Italian hand painted ceramics. 

Jenny Littlejohns Fundraiser Jenny has extensive experience as a Fundraising and Marketing Consultant for UK charities including the NSPCC and the NDCS, and was previously Fundraising Director of Shelter.  

Jenny Littlejohns

Fundraiser

Jenny has extensive experience as a Fundraising and Marketing Consultant for UK charities including the NSPCC and the NDCS, and was previously Fundraising Director of Shelter.

 

Diane Soames Fundraiser Following a successful career in recruitment, Diane began her art consultancy in Belgium where she lived for 13 years. On returning to the UK in 2005 she has worked with young artists organising many charitable events.

Diane Soames

Fundraiser

Following a successful career in recruitment, Diane began her art consultancy in Belgium where she lived for 13 years.

On returning to the UK in 2005 she has worked with young artists organising many charitable events.

Amanda Brown Fundraiser Amanda has many years experience working in sales, marketing and event planning in London and latterly in Kent. She has also worked on numerous charitable projects during this time. She is married with three children, two at university and one still at school. She is looking forward to all the adventures the Camino will bring

Amanda Brown

Fundraiser

Amanda has many years experience working in sales, marketing and event planning in London and latterly in Kent. She has also worked on numerous charitable projects during this time.

She is married with three children, two at university and one still at school. She is looking forward to all the adventures the Camino will bring

Savannah Nothard Administrator Savannah is an administrator at Nannies Incorporated. Some of her time has been allocated toward this project as she has been part of charity work in the past. Savannah comes from Durban, South Africa, where she graduated in Communication Science.

Savannah Nothard

Administrator

Savannah is an administrator at Nannies Incorporated.

Some of her time has been allocated toward this project as she has been part of charity work in the past.

Savannah comes from Durban, South Africa, where she graduated in Communication Science.

Mirka Milcak Administrator Mirka studied accountancy in Slovakia and worked for 10 years as an independent accountant. In 2004 she moved to UK and worked as a nanny for nearly 10 years. In 2014, she studied AAT in the UK and returned to the accountancy field. Mirka has a 5 year old little boy.

Mirka Milcak

Administrator

Mirka studied accountancy in Slovakia and worked for 10 years as an independent accountant. In 2004 she moved to UK and worked as a nanny for nearly 10 years.


In 2014, she studied AAT in the UK and returned to the accountancy field. Mirka has a 5 year old little boy.