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Sunderland children swap uniforms for jeans at school fundraiser

Pupils at Hylton Castle Primary school, Sunderland, celebrate Jeans for Genes Day on Friday.

Pupils at Hylton Castle Primary school, Sunderland, celebrate Jeans for Genes Day on Friday.

YOUNGSTERS at a Wearside primary were relaxed about raising money for charity.

Students and staff at Hylton Castle Primary School ditched their smart clothes and opted for denim instead to support national Jeans for Genes Day 2013.

By paying £1 each, everyone at the Cramlington Road school was able to leave their uniforms at home 
last Friday and wear their favourite jeans.

Alison Atkinson, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “It was a national event and we just decided we wanted to join in and do our bit to help.”

She said the pupils were all supportive of the event and enjoyed their dress down day for such a good cause.

Genes for Jeans Day is an annual event which raises money for the charity Genetic Disorders UK, which aims to change the world for children affected by helping to fund care and support projects.

Individually, genetic disorders are rare, but together they affect one in 25 children born in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies each year.

Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Genes for Jeans Day can visit www.jeansforgenesday.org.

 

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