So, on Friday 22nd September, Partners and staff - including Andrea and Jeannie, from our reception team (pictured) - raised £53.36 just to don their favourite denim in honour of Jeans for Genes Day. What's more, this has been match-funded by our generous Partners, meaning we're donating a total of £106.72 to this important cause!
The initiative is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK. It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. The charity now has many famous celebrity supporters, including comedian Warwick Davis, model Kate Moss and Dragons Den's Theo Pathitis, and is gathering momentum each year.
Jeans for Genes supports individuals and families and also provide grants to organisations like Oily Cart, below, that work towards that aim.
A MULTI-SENSORY WONDERLAND
Oily Cart is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies creating multi-sensory interactive performances for very young children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day funded a special theatre production called ‘Tube’. Young audience members sat in luxury leaf chairs where they were able to bounce, swing, spin and sway whilst surrounded by a variety of tubes; from tubes filled with sounds, to tubes glistening with kaleidoscopic colours and those that puffed out gentle breezes of air. TUBE toured for 12 weeks, with 144 performances to 864 young people and over 900 teachers, carers and siblings. One parent commented: "I sometimes feel that my son is not 'present', that he is just being carried along in the world. During TUBE, I felt he was very much 'present', engaged and interested. I think the performance was too compelling for him to miss!”
Read the full article and find out about the many other Jeans for Genes projects here.
Marketing Manager, Debbie Connolly said: -
“Genetic Disorders UK is funding many incredible projects like the one on this page, so the firm is always keen to get behind Jeans for Genes Day. If we can make the smallest difference to just one child's life then, it's all been worth it."
To find out how you can support Jeans for Genes in the future, visit their website's home page here.
To find out about our other charitable activities, visit our Community page.