PRESS RELEASE – Cradley Heath Students in Jeans for Genes Raise over £800.

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy have swapped their uniforms for jeans on Jeans for Genes Day today and raised a huge amount of money for a genetic disorder charity.

The academy in Cradley Heath also extracted DNA during the day and students who participated have gone into a draw to win a necklace with DNA inside. Students and staff who wore jeans donated money to do so, resulting in a grand total of £811.

Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. Genetic disorders affect 1 in 25 children in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies born each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 and under.

Jeans for Genes Day invites everyone across the UK, from nurseries and schools to companies, to wear their jeans for the day in return for a donation. Funds raised provide vital care and support for thousands of children with genetic disorders.

Principal Andrew Burns said, “Once again our students have responded positively to a very worthy call. The donation buckets filled up quickly this morning and the Forge family looked smart and proud. They have every right to be. At Forge we work and play hard and it is this attitude that makes the academy a great place to study and work.”

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