As I work at home I’m to be found in my jeans most days: they are so easy to slip on and they go with everything. Add to that they’re hard wearing and reasonably warm and they are a winner for me. For many though wearing jeans is a bit of a treat, something that you do at the weekend. It’s like that with my son as he has a smart school uniform to wear most days. Many people need to dress smartly for work or wear a uniform, so they don’t get to wear don’t get to wear jeans on a work day either.
Sometimes though jeans will be allowed as a charity fundraiser and this is where Jeans for Genes Day comes in. It’s an annual event and this year it’s on Friday 21st September 2018 and right across the country schools and workplaces are relaxing the rules for the day. Underlying all that fun is a serious good cause: raising money for the 500,000 children in the UK with Genetic Disorders. There are around 6,000 genetic disorders and it is thought that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. That means that 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year, so there are large numbers of children affected. Some genetic disorders are apparent at birth while others are diagnosed at different stages throughout childhood, and sometimes into adolescence. The money raised goes to help these children in all sorts of ways. Some specialist nursing care is funded by money raised through Jeans for Genes. Experiences and activities are provided for children with genetic disorders including tactile and multi-sensory activities. The charity’s activities extend to helping young people who are carers for those with genetic disorders. There’s a lot of good work going on and Jeans for Genes Day is a fun way to support a good cause (and you get to wear your jeans on a school or work day).