Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson tells us why she supports Jeans for Genes Day!

During a photo shoot with the gorgeous Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson, we managed to sit down and find out why Louise will be donning her denim this Friday!

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Why do you support Jeans for Genes Day 2016? 

I have been supporting Jeans for Genes Day for about 4 years and I love being  part of the campaign. I create jeans so the partnership works really well. It is an amazing and inspiring charity.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

My athleticism and fast metabolism!

Do you ever double denim?

Yes, I love denim and was wearing double denim for filming!

Would you ever quadruple denim?

I haven’t ever quadrupled denim but for this shoot let’s go way overboard and overdo it in denim! I do actually own a denim bikini which is a strong look, bring on summer!

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How many pairs of jeans do you own?

Too many to know the number, at a guess between 60 and 70!

What is the most you have ever spent on a pair of jeans?

I would never spend a lot on a pair of jeans! 

If you could design a pair of jeans who would you most want to see wearing them?

Kate Moss – who else!

Who is your ultimate denim poster boy or girl?

Lucky Blue.

What is your message to all the schools and organisations that take part in Jeans for Genes Day? 

Get involved! Be creative and take advantage of a non-uniform day! OVERDO IT in denim!

What will you doing on Friday 23rd September?

Wearing my jeans and supporting Jeans for Genes Day!

If you were stranded on a desert island which three items would you take with you?

Denim hat, rope and a box of matches – how sensible?!

Join Louise Thompson THIS Friday and overdo it in denim! Sign up today and support children living with a genetic disorder in the UK> jeansforgenes.org 

Support with Sport in 2016!

Are you looking to set yourself a fantastic challenge for the New Year? Then look no further! We have an extensive range of fundraising events and sporting challenges for you to choose from to make 2016 extraordinary.

Whether you want to push yourself to the limit, organise your own community event or hold a Jeans for Genes Day, you will be helping to transform the lives of children and families affected by genetic disorders.

For all you running enthusiasts, we have a limited number of London Marathon 2016 places available – get in touch today to secure yours events@geneticdisordersuk.org

Or if you fancy something a little different, why not take on our exhilarating Lake District Triathlon? This brilliant multi-activity challenge is designed to test your skills, stamina, and mental strength. Find out more on our website.

Our Events Team will support you every step of the way with your chosen fundraising activity and you could make a life-changing difference to children with genetic disorders by raising vital funds for our charity.

Our work simply couldn’t happen without our amazing supporters, so please get in touch today to sign up, fundraising and have fun in 2016!

Check out all our challenges on our website, or email events@geneticdisordersuk.org to get involved!

Save the date!

The original and best dress-down day is back! This year Jeans for Genes Day is on Friday 23 September and we need you to don your denim to change the lives of children with genetic disorders.

2015 saw thousands of you doing something extraordinary in jeans to make a very real difference. But in 2016 we want you to go all out in denim and join in our 21st birthday celebrations!

Sign up today via our website to receive your free fundraising kit packed with everything you need to make your Jeans for Genes Day the biggest and best yet.

There are so many children affected by genetic disorders who need your continued support; we can’t do it without you. So join us for the 21st Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 23 September!

Wear jeans, change lives.

Jeans for Genes Day 2015!

The twentieth ever Jeans for Genes Day was held on Friday 18th September 2015, and saw record numbers of you donning your denim to support children with genetic disorders across the UK.

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From toddlers at nursery, to retired older folk, a sea of denim swept the nation all to raise money to provide the vital care and support services children affected by genetic disorders and their families so urgently need.

Here are just some of the best photos of you doing something extraordinary in jeans on Friday 18th September!

Supporter collage 2015

On behalf of all the children and families we support, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in Jeans for Genes Day 2015!

Don’t forget to pay in your donations if you haven’t already. Check out all the ways to donate over on our website.

P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to hold a Jeans for Genes Day yet, there is still time – you can hold one at any time of year, just sign up for your free fundraising kit on our website.

Guest blog: mum and Jeans for Genes supporter Stacey shares her story

February 14th, Valentine’s Day 2014 was a Valentine’s like no other. We were telephoned by our geneticist’s secretary the week before and invited up to the hospital for a meeting; to us this was a general catch up appointment as they had misdiagnosed our daughter, Imogen, the month before. Walking into that consultation room my heart hit the floor because we were greeted not only by Imogen’s geneticist, but another geneticist from the hospital, a paediatrician and a counsellor. Then, the discussion I’ll never forget began…image6

‘As you are aware we tested Imogen for Alagille syndrome which came back negative…so we did more research into Imogen’s symptoms and tested for another syndrome. This has come back positive, Imogen has Myhre syndrome’.

At this point I could not hold back the tears and broke down, not from sadness but from relief; our precious little daughter finally had a diagnosis. The geneticist then began to explain to me about the syndrome, firstly that it was extremely rare and Imogen was the youngest ever diagnosed, she was the only child in the UK known to have this syndrome and she was number 33 in the world!

Due to the syndrome being so rare, the geneticists were very vague about Myhre, they themselves had to research the syndrome before our discussion. They could only tell us about the literature they had read. They handed me some printed out papers they had found online and offered us counselling. We left the consultation room with our heads in a whirl wind…and so our journey truly began.

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Myhre syndrome is an extremely rare, autosomal dominant genetic condition. It is caused by a genetic misprint or mutation in a gene called SMAD4. Myhre syndrome affects many functions of the body.  This is because the SMAD4 gene is part of an important cell signalling pathway, which allows cells in the body to communicate with each other. When the communication (signalling) is abnormal it affects the development of many body systems – which explains why Imogen has many, varied, symptoms and features.

Imogen has many professionals involved in her care each managing a different aspect of her condition. A few of the professionals she sees most regularly include physiotherapists, speech and language specialists, cardiologists, and feeding and swallowing specialists.

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Imogen wears a DMO (Dynamic Movement orthoses) suit for her scoliosis, leg splints, hearing aids, glasses (when she will tolerate them) and has regular medication. Despite all that Imogen has to deal with, she is the happiest little girl and is full of energy. She enjoys going out with her friends and has a good sense of humour. She is outgoing, determined and truly independent. She makes us smile and very proud every second of every day. Imogen is our little princess.

Jeans for Genes and Genetic Disorders UK provide vital care and support services for children with genetic disorders in the UK like Imogen. Read more about our work at jeansforgenesday.org

Top school supporters honoured with Gene Hero Award

This year we are celebrating 20 years of Jeans for Genes Day, and to mark the occasion we are honouring some of our longest-standing and top donors of the past 20 years!

Six schools in the UK have been awarded Denim Donor status to honour their remarkable fundraising efforts:

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Calday Grange Grammar School in Wirral who have donated over £25,500

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The Grammar School at Leeds who have donated over £16,800

Essendene Lodge

Essendene Lodge School who have taken part for an incredible 19 years

Cairnshill

Cairnshill Primary School in Belfast who have donated over £8,000

Imberhorne

Imberhorne School in East Grinstead who have donated over £19,900

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne & Havering School who have taken part for the past 19 years

Each school will be offered a guest assembly speaker to give a special praise of thanks to the children and staff, and explain just how fundamental their involvement has been to us. A special Gene Hero certificate has also been awarded to each school to celebrate their incredible support and continual dedication to Jeans for Genes Day over the last 20 years. The support of schools like these has been invaluable to our fundraising efforts, helping us to raise over £40 million since the first Jeans for Genes Day.

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We are so grateful to each and every one of you who has supported Jeans for Genes Day over the last 20 years, but we still need your help to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders in the UK. So sign up today and do something extraordinary in jeans on Friday 18th September to celebrate 20 years of Jeans for Genes Day!

Get your free fundraising kit now at jeansforgenesday.org/signup!