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.
1. It's fun and simple to organise. All you have to do is ask people to come to work in their jeans and make a donation of £2
2. It’s a great way to bring a team, a floor or the whole company together
3. It can help to raise the profile of your organisation – highlight
your fundraising in your annual report, on your website and in your
local paper or trade magazine
4. Staff will think it’s great – the boss will look good for letting you all wear your jeans
5. Although, individually, genetic disorders are rare, together they are the biggest killer of children 14 and under
6. Create a bit of role reversal and give the boss a 'day off' – sponsor him or her to make the tea or do the photocopying
7. £350 will pay for a child with a genetic disorder to spend a
weekend away with other children like them, supported by trained medical
8. Wearing jeans and having some fun in the office starts the weekend that bit earlier
9. Raising money on Jeans for Genes Day helps your company to meet its corporate social responsibility targets
10. The fun and fundraising don't have to stop at 5.30pm. Make a
night of it, serve a 'gene and tonic' drinks trolley and hold a pub quiz
or karaoke night at the local pub!
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.
Get your bake on to make some delicious blue cakes and delectable denim-clad gingerbread men. Sell them at work to raise some extra cash. If you’re competitive you could even host a bake-off with your colleagues charging everyone to taste the baked treats and pick a winner.
Double, triple, quadruple denim
Are you the epitome of style? Why not go all out on Jeans for Genes Day this year and wear this year’s double denim trend. Or better still opt for denim overload and where as much denim as possible – denim shoes, denim bag, denim accessories, you can go anywhere with this trend!
Overdo it in style
Grab one of our limited edition fashion t-shirts as modelled by the likes of the stunning Nicola Roberts, Frankie Bridge, Lorraine Kelly and Coleen Rooney! Get yours now from our shop.
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, alcohol, cigarettes or even your phone. And for the chatterboxes, why not give up your voice in a sponsored silence?
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, Denim-egg hunt, or scavenger hunt in teams around your office or the local area, charging to take part in all.
Potty Mouth Jar
If your office is prone to some foul language, why not set up a swear jar and clean up your act. Make a donation every time you swear and the total might soon build up!
Try a themed party with blue cocktails and nibbles, a ball, a casino evening, a film evening, a culture evening, or even a pamper party with denim manicures and blue pedicures! The possibilities are endless and you can charge an entry fee and for refreshments to raise lots of cash.
Denim Swap Shop
To satisfy the fashionistas and savvy shoppers, hold a jean swap charging a small fee to take part – you could come away with some free fashionable finds!
Collect spare change
Start a penny war in your office – set up jars to collect spare change in each department or on everyone’s desks and see who can fill theirs first! Guaranteed to bring out your collecting competitive streak!
Spot the celeb
Could you tell a Minogue from a Middleton, or a Kardashian from another Kardashian? Set up a ‘Junk in the Trunk’ game for your colleagues. Print off some jean-clad celeb bottoms, ask your colleagues to donate and guess whose bottom is whose.
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.
Try a food-based event for your colleagues like a coffee morning, afternoon tea, or charity lunch. You can charge for all the delicious food and drinks, or ask for an entry fee. Other fab foody ideas include hosting a BBQ, a movie night, a cookery demo or even a Come Dine with Me contest!
Get some daily exercise and walk or cycle to work for a week – ask your colleagues to sponsor you to raise lots of cash.
Why not set up a jukebox in your office – ask people to donate to pick a song and play it whilst you’re at work – you could even ask people to select songs beforehand and create a playlist on your iPod.
Turn it smart
Do you normally wear jeans to work but want to smarten up your look? Then hold a Formal Friday, charging everyone to come in their best suit.
Set up a nail bar at your desk and charge a fee for painting your colleagues nails and toes denim blue.
For all the athletic types, why not set up an old school sports day for your organisation? You could have a space hopper race, egg and spoon race, and of course a race in all your denim! Not enough space for sports day? No problem – try Office Olympics, with fastest typing competition and rowing on your wheelie chair!
Some of us are more hairy than others – why not take advantage of this to raise some extra money. You could sponsor all the men in the office to grow some crazy facial hair, or shave or wax their bodies! Or take part in sponsored hair dares – try dying your hair blue in honour of Jeans for Genes Day!
Overdo it with art
If you’re an Instagram whizz, why not hold a photography competition, charging a small fee to enter – it’s a great opportunity to show how good you are at using filters!
Why not try a caption competition in your office, asking for a donation to take part and a prize for the funniest answer.
Then hold a sponsored dance-a-thon or zumbathon. Or you could host a dance – try salsa, barn or tea dances, charging an entry fee.
Have you got a voice to rival Beyonce’s? Then host a karaoke evening with your work mates and sing the night away for a donation each. Don’t forget to wear your denim and sing your heart out to Billie Jean or The Jean Genie!
Try organising a sponsored run, walk, swim or cycle for your organisation with an after party to celebrate your achievement! You could even do the whole event in denim, or your suit if you normally where jeans to work!
Organise a penalty shoot-out or inter-departmental football tournament, charging players to participate.
Create a denim-themed photobooth with donated props. Charge a small fee for your colleagues to have their photo taken, and upload them to Facebook or Instagram to download.
Host a bring-and-buy sale
Why not host a bring-and-buy sale, or car boot sale, donating the money raised – you could come away with some beautiful bargains too!
Denim arts and Crafts
Have a go at making some fabulous denim drinks cosies – you could sell them to your colleagues, or fine everyone who doesn’t use one on Jeans for Genes Day. Check out our Pinterest page for some inspiration.
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.
Can't wear jeans to work? Or wear them all the time? There's no reason why you can't be part of Jeans for Genes Day.
Jeans are a great reminder of the 'genes' that you're raising money for.
But we know that for some of you they're not appropriate for the office - or you wear nothing but!
We've got ideas of how you can get involved, whatever your denim dilemma.
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 organisation’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!
Use 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! Use the #JeansForGenes
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. Visit jeansforgenes.org for other payment options.
You’ve 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, Twitter and Instagram, send emails and stick up posters in your workplace.
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. We've created a template press release for you. Tailor it to your organisation with the hints and tips below.
We've got a template email to colleagues
that will tell them all about Jeans for Genes Day. Edit the text and
add in your own information, and don't forget to remind everyone to
bring in their £2.
Remember, we're here to help you. You can call us on 020 7199 3300.
It's easy to let your local media know what you're doing for Jeans for Genes Day.
If you want to write your own press release, 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.