The event, organised by Genetic Disorders UK, raises money to give care and support for children and families who are affected by a genetic disorder.
Pitsford School pupils took to wearing their jeans to school for the recent Jeans for Genes day. The day encourages everyone to make a donation in order to wear a pair of jeans, proving that a little denim really does go a long way!
It’s estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder, meaning that 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.
Pitsford School has supported Jeans for Genes day for over 20 years. This was the School’s first non-uniform day of the autumn term with pupils and staff paying a minimum of £1 to come to school wearing denim.
So far, their event has raised over £240 and the money donated will help the charity fund a range of initiatives improving the quality of life of children and families affected by genetic disorders.
Mrs Matts, Biology teacher and Jeans for Genes day coordinator at Pitsford School, said: “Jeans for Genes day is our first school fundraiser of the year. Pupils really enjoy the non-uniform days and are generous in their support of this charity.”
Staff and pupils at St Swithun’s Junior School, Winchester also supported Jeans for Genes Day.
All pupils and teachers wore an item of denim in support of the day and gave a £1 donation for the charity. The day raised £200.40, which will help fund a range of initiatives.
Teacher and charities co-ordinator, Judith Heinrich, said: “The day was a huge success and we would like to say a big thank you to all of those who were involved.”
Farlington’s senior girls, and staff also took part in the day.
The school has supported the annual event for the last nine years. The girls paid a £2 contribution to wear jeans instead of their school uniform.
The money raised on Jeans for Genes day supports very small charities and helps them get their voices heard and provides vital services for families living with rare conditions. This year Farlington is hoping to exceed last year’s fundraising total of £420.
Claudine Maude, Farlington’s Charities Co-ordinator, said: “The girls always enjoy wearing jeans to school and supporting this worthwhile charity. At Farlington, we feel it is important that students are encouraged to work with charities and to do something for the wider community.”