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DHSS staff jumped into their jeans 29 November 2005

    Department of Health and Social Security staff, jumped into their jeans on 7th October to raise money for 'Jeans for Genes' Day 2005.

    Jeans for Genes is a national appeal led by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, and everyone is asked to wear jeans for the day. This year, in honour of the 10th Anniversary of Jeans for Genes day, staff were asked to donate £2 to help raise funds for research into genetic disorders that affect children. Funds also help provide support services for affected children and their families. Jeans for Genes has raised over £12 million since it was first launched in 1996.

    DHSS Director of Human Resources, Lesley Keenan presented the cheque on behalf of the Department to Mr Ian Perry, Head of Retail Banking at Isle of Man Bank and she said, "I am delighted to announce that many of the Department’s staff participated in the 'Jeans for Genes Appeal'. This year we have raised £840, which we were proud to hand over to the Charity".

    Mr Perry added, “The Jeans for Genes charity has been very well supported in the Island, the Isle of Man Bank has received over £15,000 for the cause.”

    There are over 4,000 recognised genetic disorders, including cystic fibrosis, haemophilia, sickle cell and muscular dystrophy. One child is born every 26 minutes whose life could be affected by a genetic disorder or birth defect. Research is needed to develop effective treatments and eventually a cure.

    29th November 2005

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