Blue little beauties! Kids join jeans fund

Children at Clifton Lodge Nursery are donning jeans to support Jeans 4 Genes day.  Pictured are Lucy Singleton, Harry Ford and Penelope Greaves.
Children at Clifton Lodge Nursery are donning jeans to support Jeans 4 Genes day. Pictured are Lucy Singleton, Harry Ford and Penelope Greaves.
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Helping others is always ‘en vogue’ for these charitable children.

The toddlers at Clifton Lodge Nursery, St Annes, are wearing their favourite threads to support Jeans For Genes day today.

The day raises money to fund charity Genetic Disorders UK, to support families, including those on the Fylde coast, living with genetic conditions.

And Blackpool mum Barbara Hall, whose six-year-old son Tristan has defied the odds despite having a rare genetic condition, has praised their efforts.

The mother-of-three, of St Heliers Road, South Shore, said: “Support from charities can be a big help to families, it’s a lifeline.

“It’s nice for other people to show they care and charities can be a big help to parents who need it.”

Tristan was born with Edward’s Syndrome, which affects the heart and digestive tract and causes delay in growth and development, meaning many sufferers don’t live past their first birthday.

But he continues to amaze medics and delight his family as he battles the condition.

Ms Hall, a former cook, said: “He’s a very happy, content boy with plenty of love. He’s grown to 3ft3 now and is in age four clothing, which is a massive step.”

Nursery bosses have said their work with other children with special needs means they are keen to support Jeans For Genes day.

Manager Amie Nicolson said: “We support particular charities which are close to our hearts. We know how much it means to families to get support such as from this day. And our children love any excuse to get dressed up and help others.”

Tristan’s proud mum added: “I’ll definitely be donating to Jeans For Genes, too.”

For more information, or to donate, visit: www.jeansforgenesday.org

> Staff at The Gazette are donning jeans to work today, too, in support of Wigan Evening Post colleague Paul Kendrick, whose five-year-old son Joseph has a rare genetic condition, non-ketotic hyperglycinemia.

To support Joseph’s cause, visit the website at www.josephsgoal.org