Teachers and pupils urged to take part in the 20th anniversary of Jeans for Genes Day this month

  • Teachers and pupils urged to take part in the 20th anniversary of Jeans for Genes Day this month

Charity encourages school signups ahead of the event on 18 September

Fancy making your school look as denim-clad as those in old episodes of Neighbours or Saved by the Bell? Well, now you can, for a good cause too. Jeans for Genes Day is celebrating its 20th year of fundraising for children with genetic disorders, and this year a host of celebrities are backing the campaign including Kate Moss, Amanda Holden and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Sign up online as soon as you can and receive free educational materials tailored to Key Stages 1 and 2, which have been designed to help schools make the most of their Jeans for Genes Day activities, plus toolkits, assembly and fundraising ideas and event checklists.

It is estimated that one in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder and 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. Jeans for Genes Day has been raising funds to help children affected by some of the most serious and life-threatening genetic disorders. Over the last 20 years, a sea of denim has swept across the UK as the British public have taken up the Jeans for Genes Day banner and helped raise over £40million.

Simply by wearing jeans and making a donation, schools like yours can help make a difference, raising funds that provide vital care and support for children with genetic disorders.

Do something extraordinary in jeans by celebrating 20 years of Jeans for Genes Day. For more information for schools and to register, please visit jeansforgenesday.org or call 0800 980 4800.

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Pie Corbett