Make your Jeans for Genes Day to be a huge success. Our 'ten reasons’ will get everyone behind you.
Make your Jeans for Genes Day a huge success. Our 'ten reasons’ will get everyone behind you.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your Jeans for Genes Day
so we listed some of our favourite fundraising ideas.
Bake up a batch of blue cupcakes or biscuits, stir up some blue lemonade and sell your blue treats.
Double, triple, quadruple denim
Add a denim shirt, jacket, tie, hat, bag, hairband and shoes. The more denim the better!
Hold a denim fashion show
Encourage everyone to jazz up their jeans and strut their denim stuff, with prizes for the best effort.
Three legged denim race
Pairs of participants wear one pair of jeans between them. One gets the left leg, one gets the right. The first couple of the finishing line wins!
Decorate your denim
Jeans for Genes Day buttons, glitter, pom poms. The more overdone the better!
Make a clay double helix
Visit our arts and crafts web page to download your list of materials and instructions for making your very own clay double helix.
You’re in luck as we have tons of ideas to pit you against your classmates! Try a games console tournament, a board or card games evening or a round of musical chairs. Other games include guess the weight of the cake, who’s the baby and through the keyhole. If you want something more active try a treasure hunt, Easter egg hunt, or scavenger hunt in teams around your school, charging to take part in all.
Hold a raffle
Raffle hold a raffle or tombola with donated prizes in your office, charging for tickets? Or you could have a good old game of bingo (or even musical bingo, seeing who can identify all their songs first) charging everyone to take part.
Why not host a social event for families at your school? Try a summer fete with games, cakes, tombola and a raffle, charging for each.
If you’ve got the powers of persuasion, why not ask your head teacher to wear jeans for the whole Jeans for Genes week – get the whole school to raise money through sponsorship!
Are you a dancing queen? Then hold a sponsored dance-a-thon or zumbathon. Or you could host a school disco, charging an entry fee.
Customise your jeans
Got some old jeans? Bring them in and hold a jazz up your jeans workshop! Charge a small fee for the customisation pieces.
Why not set up a jukebox in your classroom – ask people to donate to pick a song and play it whilst you’re working – you could even ask pupils to select songs beforehand and create a playlist on your iPod.
Set up an school sports day. You could have a space hopper race, egg and spoon race, and of course a race in all your denim! Charge people to take part and have prizes for the winners.
Have you got the fitness bug? Try organising a sponsored run, walk, swim or cycle for your school with an event afterwards to celebrate your achievement! You could even do the whole event in denim!
Always wanted to be an actor or actress? Well now’s your chance! Put on a play in aid of Jeans for Genes Day, selling tickets and blue-themed refreshments in the interval.
If you love football, try organising a penalty shoot-out or football tournament, charging players to participate.
Are you a savvy shopper? Why not host a bring-and-buy sale, or car boot sale at your school, donating the money raised – you could come away with some beautiful bargains too!
Denim arts and Crafts
Love a bit of arts and crafts? Then have a go at making some fancy denim headbands, selling them at a school fete. Why not ask your pupils to bring in unwanted clothes and have a go at tie-dye! You could sell the stylish pieces.
If you fancy yourself as bit of a painter, why not charge a small fee to paint the faces of all your pupils? Try tigers, butterflies, dogs or giraffes!
Host a spell-a-thon at your school. Pupils can ask for sponsorship for every word they get right, and don’t forget a prize for the winner!
We all love a sweet treat, so why not make the most of your sweet tooth and ask the school tuck shop to donate a percentage of sales during Jeans for Genes week!
We all have a guilty pleasure, so why not give up yours for sponsorship? You could give up your favourite food, hobby, television, social media, or even your phone. And for the chatterboxes, why not give up your voice in a sponsored silence?
Organise a talent show, or battle of the bands, to showcase your pupils’ skills! You could charge for tickets, and make some extra money selling refreshments.
Want to see which generation comes out on top? Try organising a ‘take on the teachers’ or child and parent activity day at your school. You could have a netball tournament, rounders match or penalty shoot-out charging competitors to take part.
Try holding a school sleepover! You could charge a small fee to pupils to take part, or sell snacks for a midnight feast.
If you fancy yourself as chef, why not create some fabulous Jeans for Genes Day themed dishes with your Home Economics Department. Put on a pop-up restaurant and sell your creations!
Have an eating contest in your school! Charge a fee to take part and see who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouth, or who can eat the most dry crackers in a minute.
For those of you who aren’t ambidextrous , challenge your class to a left- (or right-) handed day. Charge a small fee to enter, or donate every time you use your dominant hand.
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Find a range of materials designed to help you run your Jeans for Genes Day including email templates, photos and logos, stickers, posters, collection bucket wraps and much more.
Print off this checklist, stick it to your desk - it will help you plan your Jeans for Genes Day!
Getting everyone on board is the key ingredient for your Jeans for
Genes Day, so we’ve created this checklist to make sure your event is a
roaring success. Plus, our website is packed full of advice, from tips
on how to promote your Day to quirky fundraising ideas that will put a
smile on everyone’s face.
Get a team together
Decide what extra fundraising activities you’re going to include and pull together a small team to help you. You can print extra posters and stickers from our website, and don’t forget to collect a supply of money bags from the bank.
Shout about our cause
Put up your posters, send out emails sharing information about the children we help, and create a press release to let local media know all about your school’s Jeans for Genes Day.
Your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts are brilliant tools to help spread the word. Remember to follow us too!
Don your denim and enjoy all the activities you have organised. Your spirit and enthusiasm will be infectious!
your collection box to encourage donations, and hand out stickers to
everyone in denim to say a big thank you. Ask all adults to fill in the Gift Aid form, and place funds raised in money bags and store in a safe place.
Show us what you’ve been doing
Don’t forget to Tweet us and share your photos on Instagram! Make sure you use #JeansForGenes
After the Day:
Round it up
Make sure you collect any late payments and money raised by extra activities.
Make the payment
Bag up all the funds, complete your giro slip and ask every donating adult to fill in the Gift Aid form.
Then take these to any branch of Barclays or most other high street
banks and building societies. Or write a cheque for the total amount
raised and post it to us.
just made a real difference to the lives of thousands of children in the
UK living with genetic disorders. Display your Thank You certificate
for all to see.
Taking part in Jeans for Genes Day is something to be proud of. The
more people you tell about your Jeans for Genes Day, the more people
will get involved and donate.
Shout about what you’re up to on Facebook and Twitter, send emails and stick up posters in your school.
Contact local newspapers, and radio and TV stations – they’re sure to
be interested and it’s a great way to spread the word in your
community. You can download press releases and more by clicking here.
Download and print off our template letter to parents
that will tell them all about Jeans for Genes Day. You can edit the
letter and add in your own information and the school's details.
It also helps to remind parents and carers to give the pupils a £1 to
bring in. Remember, we're here to help you. You can call us on 020
Let your local media know what you're doing for Jeans for Genes Day. You can download our press release template or you can write your own.
Here are some tips to help you:
Every penny you give helps transform the lives of children affected by genetic disorders
Your donations will fund the care and support children, and their families need today.