Old folk get trendy to take part in Jeans for Genes day

Care home manager Nicky Lacey, centre, with residents Vera McKernon, left, and Paula Capel, right, both 88, with their handmade brooches
Care home manager Nicky Lacey, centre, with residents Vera McKernon, left, and Paula Capel, right, both 88, with their handmade brooches

A group of elderly care home residents from Tring did their bit for Jeans for Genes day - despite not owning a pair of denims between them.

Instead, folk from St Joseph’s Care Home on Aylesbury Road were provided with handmade brooches fashioned from an old pair of jeans in exchange for a small donation of £1 or £2.

Staff also joined in by wearing jeans to work in exchange for a small donation.

Activities organiser Sally Spriggs, who made the brooches herself, said: “The idea of the day was to broaden the residents’ horizons and bring the outside world in.

“It also helps to reinforce the message that they’re still valued members of the wider community.”

Sally said the residents welcomed the opportunity to take part in the day, which raised a total of £35.50.

She said: “I know it doesn’t seem much, but every little helps.”

Genes for Jeans Day is an annual fundraising event held by Genetic Disorders UK – a charity which helps change the lives of more than 30,000 children born with a genetic disorder in the UK each year.

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