Alex Nolan | 11th Aug 2015 8:00 PM
 
KIND DONATION: Debbie George from Stanthorpe Family Day Care presents Jen Reading with more than $350 raised for Jeans for Genes Day. 

STANTHORPE Family Day Care staff have raised more than $350 for Children's Medical Research Institute's fight against childhood genetic diseases.

Family Day Care co-ordinator Debbie George presented Stanthorpe mother Jen Reading with $353.50 raised across the group.

Jen, along with educators and children involved in Family Day Care, gathered for a Jeans for Genes fundraiser on Thursday.

Jen was featured in the July 2 edition of the Stanthorpe Border Post with her son Robbie, who was born with Ring-18 disease.

Robbie recently experienced a fall, which required emergency transport to Brisbane.

He was eventually cleared of any serious injury and has returned home to Stanthorpe with his family.
 
SMILES ALL ROUND: Jen Reading with her son Robbie Milne at a Jeans for Genes morning tea on Friday morning. Photo: Alex Nolan / 

Jen said she could not believe how the Family Day Care community had rallied around the Jeans for Genes cause.

"I've been blown away by the support," she said.

"To raise this much money is an incredible achievement."

Jen and her children have struck up a close relationship with educator Esme Siddle over the past eight years.

"She's been a big part of our lives," Jen said.

"The girls from Family Day Care have gone above and beyond our expectations."

Mrs George said the money had been raised over the past six weeks across 10 family day care centres.

"We've been asking families and educators to make contributions," she said.

"This is just a one-off to raise money for Jen."

Jeans for Genes Day encourages people to raise money for CMRI by wearing their jeans to work for a day.

As of yesterday morning, Jeans for Genes had raised more than $150,000 for fighting childhood diseases.