Jeans for Genes 2015

Jeans for Genes day tee buy here

Jeans for Genes day is celebrating its 20th year supporting children and young adults with genetic disorders on 18th September this year, and today I wanted to post a little bit about the charity and what they do. My introduction to 'Jeans for Genes' day came about at high school, which must have been in the charity's early years and I remember being able to wear my jeans to school with a donation of 50p, which would be given to the charity. Of course everyone got involved (who wouldn't, it meant a day out of school uniform!) and our class also had to stand outside forming the letters 'J4G' whilst a teacher dangled precariously from a top floor window to take an aerial photo! Probably would not be allowed these days!

20 years on, and the charity is still helping those afflicted with genetic disorders, through an annual grant program, resources for schools,  and also via funding of Genetic Disorders UK, a charity supporting families affected by genetic problems. They provide essential support and welcome breaks for carers and champion the awareness of varying genetic disorders in schools, to help children understand these issues and engage in empathy and awareness over stigma. They can only continue to provide this help with the donations they receive to the charity, and that's where you can help.

By wearing your jeans to work on Friday 18th September and making a donation to the charity, you can ensure that they continue to provide the vital help to families and children who rely on it. If you aren't able to take part in the event, you can also help buy purchasing any of the items on sale in the charity's shop, which you can view here. I particularly wanted to reference this fabulous tee shirt, designed specifically for the 20th anniversary of the event. Designed by illustrator Elle McKee of the Edinburgh College of Art, this chic and wearable design manages to look elegant rather than novelty, and has been modelled by Kate Moss! The limited edition design costs just £20 and the proceeds will help to give continues support to Genetic Disorders UK.

You can check out Kate Moss modelling the tee, and buy it for yourself here.

XO Amie
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