Forever in blue jeans

A LOCAL college has raised more than £200 after digging deep into their jean pockets to support a national children’s charity.

Sunday, 23rd October 2011, 3:04 pm

Staff and students at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, who has a campus in Dinnington, took part in the Jeans for Genes Day, where staff donated money to swop the usual shirt and tie to go to work in their jeans.

Since students wear their jeans daily, staff organised activities for them to take part which included a pool competition where they could donate money to get involved.

“It is great to see staff and students working together to support such a great cause. I think our staff enjoyed it as much as the students – I was proud to see people getting involved,” said Gill Alton, principal and chief executive of RCAT.

Jeans for Genes is the national charity which helps fund for the care and support of children with genetic disorders. They also help to fund research into genetics and the development of effective treatments and cures.

The charity invites companies and schools across the UK to wear their jeans to work or school in return for a donation. This year is the charity’s 16th anniversary and to date it has raised £36 million to help change the lives of children with genetic disorders.