Steph's life changing tip

Steph's life changing tip

I visited South Africa in October last year and previously in May 2012.

When i was given a place on the first trip I did not know what to expect, I didn’t realised how much of an impact it would have on my life. I felt so lucky and honoured to be given the chance to go on such a life changing trip.

When I got the opportunity to go for the second time I defiantly couldn’t turn down the offer!

To see families and children in such heart breaking conditions was something I found really hard to deal with but it was also so rewarding to see how happy the children became after just spending time with them and things that mean so little to us mean so much to them.

What I found hard was how little they had but how much love they had to give and how smiley they were. The families would always greet you so warmly.

My first trip I helped to build a community centre for the local village. They also use the centre now as a church. It was such a sense of achievement to be able to help with this project and build somewhere for the local people just to have somewhere to go. And give the village a community feel.

The second trip we built two houses for families who had nothing and basically lived under shelters they had made out of rocks and sticks.

I found this trip really difficult to see right in-front of my eyes what a different world these families live in. I couldn’t and still can’t understand how different and cruel the world can be. It was hard work swapping my scissors for brick laying and cement mixing but to change two families lives – give them a home and beds to sleep in was a great feeling, I can’t begin to describe it.

The children even tried helping us every day, when we had finished one house the “Mama” of the house walked miles to get us a pineapple to say thank you and she was crying saying thank you. To know she was going to be sleeping in a bed that night and not a wet tent full of holes was a moment I will never forget.

Africa made me put life in to a whole different perspective and I have grown up alot since my trips. I cannot wait to raise more money and get back out there! I have a much bigger understanding of what goes on in the world now. South Africa will always have a special place in my heart.

Steph x

Donna looks back on her trip...

Donna looks back on her trip

I can’t believe almost a year to the day I was just about to go to South Africa with Steph my work colleague.

I felt very excited and apprehensive too, all wrapped into one!!!

It was amazing and life changing. I feel so privileged to have been able to spend two weeks of my life building houses that will make such a difference to the lives of the families.

They were so grateful and happy for this gift of a house, for the families to be able to feel safe and dry made me feel so humble that I was part of it.

It makes me realise how lucky I am and what you take for granted every day. These families are poor, have very little or no food, clothes that are ripped to shreds and no shoes but, do you know what, they still manage a smile and want to play and laugh with you.

I can’t wait to return, what an amazing experience!

Donna x


Natalie's Big Climb

Natalie's Big Climb

In May 2014 I climbed mount Snowdon along with my dad in aid of Cocos Foundation.

As I hadn’t done anything like this before I didn’t really know what to expect, but the feeling of being at the top made all the hard work and over 3 hours climbing worth it!
The work wasn’t finished yet though as the climb down was just as hard, although that only took about 2½ hours.

Thank you to all my friends, family and clients who sponsored me.

Destination Africa and Coco’s Foundation is something I have become very passionate about. I have been on two trips to Mseleni in South Africa and do feel it has opened my eyes to the way people live in other countries. I hope to visit Africa again in the near future.

Thank you again for all your help and support!

Natalie x

Natalie's amazing African experience

Destiny stylist Natalie West recently returned from South Africa with Coco’s Foundation. Read about her life changing experience here.

Natalie's amazing African experience

Hawaiian Hula Night

On Saturday 29th June we held a hugely successful Hawaiian Hula Night at Fairford Leys Community Centre.

With dancing, a barbecue and games we raised a massive £900 towards Steph and Donna's trip to Africa to build two more houses!

Thank you to everyone who came!

Hula Night

Sponsored Walk Success

On Sunday 7th April six of the Destiny girls took part in a sponsored walk raising a fabulous £297 towards the Destination Africa project! Well done girls.

Sponsored Walk April 2013

Another fabulous Race Night

On Saturday 2nd March the doors opened at Fairford Leys Community Centre for the next Destination Africa Race Night. A super evening of competition raising over £1,500!

Race Night

Wax on, Wax off!

On Sunday 24th February 8 brave men came along to the salon for an afternoon of leg waxing. After their fabulous sponsorship effort the event raised £1000! A massive thanks to all those that took part.

Leg Waxing

Destiny thanks...

Destiny would like to say a huge thank you to the Women's Institute for all their help with Monday night's Tea Party - we raised £205 in our ongoing support for Cocos Foundation!

May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone who's helped contribute to our fundraising activities throughout 2012 - Many thanks.

Our School Disco...

On Saturday 24th November we rolled back the year’s as we held our first school disco at the Fairford Leys Community Centre. Another great night in the name of charity raising £1,439.72!

A very special thank you to Garry Fox from Bonkers for giving up his time to be our DJ - he made the night. Thank you Garry!

School Disco

Indian Night

On Monday 6th August we held another Indian Night at local restaurant Munchies raising £420 for Destination Africa.

Thank you to Munchies Indian Restaurant for their hospitality and great food!

Jess and Ali help complete Destiny House

Destiny stylists Jess Quarmby and Ali Misseldine are now back in the salon after their two week trip to South Africa in October to help build our very own ‘Destiny House!’

The £3,000 new home was funded by our team and built with help from our very own Ali and Jess. Read more »

Ali, Jess and Luyanda

Next stop – Destiny House

We may have raised £18,000 to help build the new community centre – but we’re not stopping there!

Those of us who visited Ubombo were so deeply moved by what we saw that we’re delighted to announce our next  African challenge – to fund and build Destiny House at a cost of £2,000. Read more »

House we wish to build

Children’s plight touches Tracey’s heart

After a tiring 30 hour journey we finally arrived at the orphanage in Ubombo at 7.30pm to be greeted by happy children running towards us with big smiles and open arms.

One little five-year-old, Londuka – who is the same age as my own daughter – even ran up and jumped straight into my arms for cuddles, which was a lovely welcome...
Read more »


Giggles and tears for Kirsty

As we arrived at the orphanage for the first time after the long journey, everyone was anticipating what it was going to be like. As we pulled up to the big iron gates and they were unlocked we saw all these smiling little faces greeting us. As we opened the mini bus doors we were greeted by big hugs. At that moment any fears or doubts disappeared... read more »


Destiny on 3 Counties BBCRadio

Salon owner Tracey was delighted to be interviewed about our recent trip to Africa on the Drive show recently.

Show presenter Roberto Perrone was clearly moved. “you and your colleagues have really gone to extraordinary lengths to make a difference, I can only salute you for the amazing work you’ve done’. He continued “What an absolutely amazing story, we hear powerful, devastating stories which affect us but then we carry on, in the case of Tracey and her colleagues they’ve gone out and done something really really remarkable”.

We’re back!

This year’s six-strong Destination Africa team are now back at the Destiny salon after each completing a two week charity challenge in Ubombo.

Two more stylists will fly out to South Africa in October 2012 as part of our ongoing support for The Coco’s Foundation.

Fundraising finished. Now for the hard work...

Our fundraising is now finished so we’re having a couple of weeks well earned rest before the Destiny team make the 30 hour trip to Umbombo to start the building works. Follow our adventures and meet the orphans we are helping on Facebook and here on our website.

Fundraising finished image

Race Night at Fairford Leys Community Centre

Saturday 25th February 2012

Another spectacular success! A packed Fairford Leyes Community Centre was the venue for our fun-filled Race Night evening in February. The evening ended on a high after raising £2,400 smashing our Destination Africa fundraising target of £17,600. A fantastic, heart-felt thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported us over the last year. We really couldn’t have done it without your help.

race night

Destination Africa Grand Ball & Auction

Saturday 26th November

Our Grand Ball, on Saturday 26th November at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame was the highlight of our fantastic fundraising year. The evening kicked off with a Champagne reception. The fun continued after dinner with 125 guests dancing the night away to local band 'Who's Got the Dog' until the early hours.

Our thanks to Dreamstone Photography for capturing the glitz and glamour with all the monies they raised from their photos going to Destination Africa.

The Auction was a huge success raising an unbelievable £6,485. A very big thank you to local businesses and well-wishers who generously donated some amazing experiences - including a holiday in a private luxury villa given by The Hideaways Club and a round of golf for 4 at one of the finest private members only courses in the country, Stoke Park Country Club.

Destiny owner Tracey was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness. "Thanks to everyone who came and to those who helped and donated on the night. Your help and support will enable us to make an enormous difference to these children's lives. Such a great success - many thanks."

In all the Destiny team raised £9,023.75 through the Ball – a truly brilliant result!

Grand Ball

Grand Ball and Auction, The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame

Saturday 26th November

Just a couple of weeks to go to the big event of the year and it's your last chance to book your tickets! Tickets are £55 per person available from the salon on 01296 337555 but please hurry as we have to confirm numbers with the venue by Friday 11th November.

Amazing auction prizes on offer...

We're delighted to announce that courtesy of The Hideaways Club the fabulous auction lots up for grabs now include:

  • A fabulous holiday for up to ten people in a private luxury villa. Glide down the slopes of Nendaz, explore the souks of Marrakech, soak up the sun in the South of France, enjoy the culinary delights in Tuscany, or explore the exotic nature of Thailand. This amazing prize gives you and your friends the opportunity to spend a week living in luxury.
  • A round of golf for you and three friends at one of the finest private members only courses in the country, Stoke Park Country Club and Resort. Play some challenging holes on the course and finish at the famous Stoke Park House, which saw Daniel Craig shot on the steps in the film Layer Cake and Odd Job take the head off a statue with his bowler hat in Goldfinger.

You won't want to miss this!


‘Danceathon’, Waddesdon Village Hall

Sunday 9 October

The recent ‘Danceathon’ at Waddesdon Village Hall raised a fantastic £300 for Destination Africa. Well done to everyone for making the two-hour workout such a fun occasion. We would like to say a huge thank you to Shaun Thear and Kim Ventous for organising such a brilliant event!

‘Danceathon’, Waddesdon Village Hall

‘Run to the Beat’ half-marathon, London

Sunday 25 September

The unseasonal, sweltering weather didn’t stop Kirsty and Jess from Destiny Hair, Andrew (Tracey’s partner) and friends of the salon Dean and Rory from completing the ‘Run to the Beat’ half-marathon in London.

The 13-mile course started and finished at the famous O2 Arena and took the 17,000 runners all the way around Greenwich taking in 16 different musical stations along the way. A group from Destiny Hair was there to cheer on their team and join in all the fun.

For every member of the team to finish the run in such challenging conditions was a brilliant achievement. They should all feel very proud of themselves. Their heroic efforts raised a fabulous £315 for Destination Africa.

‘Run to the Beat’ half-marathon, London

Destination Africa. Grand Ball and Auction

Saturday 26 November, The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame

Just weeks to go to the big event of the year! A Grand Ball and Auction to raise funds for Destination Africa, taking place at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame at 7.00 p.m. on Saturday 26 November.

A fabulous evening awaits:

  • A champagne reception
  • Three-course banquet including coffee and mints, half a bottle of wine per person included
  • Live music from highly-rated 'Who's Got The Dog?' a locally-based 10-piece band playing rock, pop, soul funk and disco!
  • And a Charity Auction

Each table seats 10 people. Tickets are £55 per person available from the salon but please hurry as they're going fast. To reserve your tickets, call us on 01296 337 555. Don’t delay, call today...

Race Night at Fairford Leys Community Centre

Saturday 16 July

The Race Night was a spectacular success! Over 90 people came along and helped us raise an incredible £2713.70 for Destination Africa, taking the grand total to over £6,200. We're really grateful for everyone's superb support, especially our friends at Tramps Hair Designers for their very generous donation of £500. A big thank you to everyone who was there to support us. We would not be able to complete our Destination Africa journey without you.

Race Night at Fairford Leys Community Centre

11 miles around Aylesbury walk

Sunday 22 May

Six of the team going to Africa in May 2012 went on the sponsored walk, which turned out being nearer to 15 miles! The route took the team through Haydon Hill, around Quarrendon and Elmhurst, along to Beirton and Broughton, back down to Bedgrove, through the fields on the outskirts of Stoke Mandeville, and back up to Fairford Leys.

Despite difficult terrain and encounters with ferocious beasts the plucky adventurers still managed to have lots of fun along the way! They were pursued by wild horses and angry cows and bullocks and at one point their only means of escape was a gate topped by barbed wire which they all had to climb over at high speed! The walk took 6 hours and they finished the day with a well-deserved pub meal.

11 miles around Aylesbury walk

ghd Night

Monday 9 May 2011

Everyone had a great time at our ghd fun night. Our guests really enjoyed the tips and ideas on curling and hair-up. Thank you to everyone who donated the lovely prizes for the raffle. We raised £181 for Destination Africa. Thanks so much everyone.

Tea Party

Monday 2 May 2011

Our tea party was a great success! Everyone who came felt completely pampered and enjoyed the lovely cakes all baked by the salon team and their families. A big thank you to everyone involved for making the day such a success. We raised £240 for Destination Africa.

The Chinese Evening

Monday 11 April 2011

Our Destination Africa fundraising is off to a flying start!

At Monday night's event at the Chinese Brasserie we raised £700 on tickets and £370.50 on the raffle and games, and we all had a fabulous, fun evening.

That's well on the way to laying an entire brick on our fundraising 'wall'. Thanks so much everyone. Now let's build on this great start...

The Chinese Evening