Wear Jeans, Change lives, on Friday 20th September 2013

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1 in 25 children in the UK has a genetic disorder that makes life very difficult. You can make a difference

A beautifully simple idea, the Day invites millions of people to leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear their jeans to work or school in return for a donation. Jeans for Genes Day provides vital funding for the care and support of children with genetic
disorders.

In 2013, 23 charities will benefit from the funds raised on Jeans for Genes Day. Celebrity supporters this year include Melanie C, Michelle Keegan, Louise Thompson, Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger, Sophia Sassoon and Tallia Storm. The target for this year’s Jeans for Genes Day is £2.5million. To order a free fundraising kit go to www.jeansforgenesday.org or call freephone 0800 980 4800.

Facts About Genes and Genetic Disorders

Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies each year. There are more than 6,000 recognised genetic disorders and many more that have yet to be given a name. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest killer of children aged 14 years and under. Genetic disorders are caused by an alteration in a child’s DNA. This can involve a gene or several genes being missing, repeated or in the wrong order. Altered genes can affect a child in many ways including their senses, their movement, their learning or their appearance. The most serious conditions can prove fatal in the early years of life. Some of the more familiar genetic conditions include Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Huntington’s Disease, Haemophilia and Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease.

About Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that aims to transform the lives for thousands of children affected by disorders. Jeans for Genes Day is our annual fundraising event and takes place on Friday 20th September 2013. Millions of office workers and school children wear their jeans for the Day and make a £1/£2 donation. Jeans for Genes Day provides funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders through our grant programme. In 2013, 23 charities will benefit from the funds
raised on Jeans for Genes Day.

The KidAround team will most definitely be wearing their jeans, tomorrow!

Website: www.jeansforgenesday.org Twitter: @jeansforgenes Facebook: jeansforgenesuk

Posted by Amy Moylan

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