Top award for Leeds school’s denim days

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Generous youngsters at a Leeds school have won an award after raising thousands of pounds for a charity that helps children born with genetic disorders.

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has been given the Gene Hero award after its pupils donated a total of £16,800 to Genetic Disorders UK.

The Alwoodley school has taken part in the charity’s Jeans for Genes Day campaign for the last 20 years.

It is one only of eight schools across Britain to scoop the award which recognises outstanding fundraising efforts.

Jeans for Genes Day chief executive Caroline Harding said: “School fundraising is vital to our charity.

“I want to thank each and every child at GSAL who has taken part in Jeans for Genes Day over the past 20 years.

“They have made it possible for us to provide extraordinary help and support to so many children and families.”

Children across the UK are urged to wear jeans instead of trousers to support the charity as part of the campaign.

The North Leeds school has taken part in the event a total of 11 times.

The school, which is now featured on the charity’s website, was also given a certificate of participation for winning the accolade.

Julie Ringrose, charities coordinator at the school, said: “The Jeans for Genes charity is one that is close to our hearts.

“It’s wonderful to see our pupils wearing their jeans and giving generously to help children their own age, and we are thrilled to have all their hard work recognised.”

The next Jeans for Genes Day takes place on Friday September 18.

Visit www.jeansforgenesday.org to sign up for a free fundraising pack or for more information.

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