Jeans for Genes Week

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As you may be aware, this week is national Jeans for Genes week. This charity fundraising event has been designed to raise awareness of the struggles faced by those who suffer with genetic conditions and to raise funds to support projects to make a difference to the lives of those affected. Below is some information about the charity and what they do:

What is Jeans for Genes week?

  • Jeans for Genes week is the UK’s only fund and awareness raising week for genetic conditions in the UK
  • Over 3.5 million people in the UK are living with a genetic condition, affecting 1 in 10 families
  • 75% of rare diseases affect children

Why we’re taking part

  • Pupils learn valuable life skills and gain understanding and empathy for others.1 in 25 children have a genetic condition so this could be someone in each classroom
  • By wearing jeans or denim clothing on a non-school uniform day, our school can really make a difference to the lives of affected individuals and families
  • It’s great to do it together! Knowing we are part of something that has such a positive impact across the UK makes us feel proud to be part of it!

Where the money goes

  • We fund small, community groups across the UK who don’t tend to get access to traditional funding channels
  • We fund specialised equipment, nursing services, respite for carers, counselling sessions, conferences, helplines, sibling assistance – whatever is needed!
  • £3 could provide arts and crafts equipment, £30 could help fund a helpline for an hour or £300 could fund a specialised nurse for a day

At Longfield Academy, we will be supporting Jeans for Genes by allowing all students the opportunity to wear a pair of jeans on Friday 22nd September. Please note that all other uniform requirements will remain the same and students will be expected to have shirts, ties, blazers and shoes as normal.

Students are asked to donate using the Jeans for Genes JustGiving link below. We recommend £1 but any donation will be greatly appreciated.

JustGiving Donation Page

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jodie Hurt
Assistant Principal/Assistant Head of College – Matisse