We raise funds to support children affected by genetic disorders.
There are around 6,000 genetic disorders.
It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.
Some genetic disorders are apparent at birth while others are diagnosed at different stages throughout childhood, and sometimes into adolescence.
Please take a look below to learn more about the children we support and the difference your donations make.
Ashley has Treacher Collins syndrome meaning he was born without a jaw, cheekbones and ears.
Tamilore has sickle cell anaemia and often experiences debilitating pain. His limited physical health has a knock on effect on his education, hobbies and acceptance by others.
Luke’s mum has Huntington’s disease and he has a 50% chance of inheriting it from her. Will he take the test when he reaches 18 to find out if he has the faulty gene?
Timothy has mitochondrial disease. He was born healthy, developed normally and met his milestones until the age of four when he first showed signs of a weakness in his hands. His muscle strength and control has declined since then as the genetic disorder has progressed.
Elvi has rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, which means that at 15 years of age she has the mental age of a two year old.
A multi-sensory wonderland
Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day funded Oily Cart, a theatre company, to visit special schools with a production that involved tactile and multi-sensory activities.
Specialist nursing care
Helen is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for chronic granulomatous disorder at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her role is funded through monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day.