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Supporting Children with Genetic Disorders

25 September 2019
Supporting Children with Genetic Disorders

Last Friday, our pupils took part in a fundraising event for Jeans for Genes Day. This special day helps to raise money in support of children with life-altering genetic disorders. As part of The White Horse Federation family, we are passionate about improving outcomes for children, and we are delighted to support such a worthwhile cause.

To celebrate Jeans for Genes Day, our children and staff work jeans to school, contributing a £1 donation for this fantastic cause. The activities carried on throughout the day, as our pupils learned about genetics in assembly and during lessons and were told how their money will support people with genetic disorders and illnesses.

Although, individually, genetic disorders are rare, there are around 600 different variations. When combined together, they are the biggest killer of children under the age of 15. An estimated one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder, and 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.

The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day is donated to Genetic Disorder UK, a registered charity that strives to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by genetic disorders. They use the donations to fund their work and provide grants to organisations for projects that assist children with a genetic disorder.

Examples of the provisions funded by Jeans for Genes Day include specialist nursing care, summer camps, and theatre productions featuring multi-sensory activities.

We are delighted to announce that we raised £210 for Genetic Disorder UK! Mrs Wollington, Principal, said: "There was great respect and understanding demonstrated across the school to the difficulties faced by children and families living with genetic disorders. Thank you to everyone for showing their support; I'm sure your donations will make a huge difference.

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in Jeans for Genes Day for their hard work and generosity, which really made it a special and successful event.

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