036Pupils from Bacons College, London, welcomed ‘ Jeans for Genes’ Day Ambassador Adam Pearson on July 19, to celebrate the school’s annual Diversity Day.

Adam gave pupils a talk about his experience living with a genetic disorder. Adam, who has appeared on TV shows including Beauty and the Beast and Undateables, as well as Hollywood movie Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson, suffers from a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis, which leaves his face disfigured with benign tumours.

012Adam Pearson said:

“It was fantastic to visit the pupils of Bacon’s College and to help celebrate diversity, an issue close to my heart. Hopefully all of the students will continue their great work and get involved with this year’s Jeans for Genes Day.”

One in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.

Bacons College’s Diversity Day is held to highlight the diversity within the school, its pupils and the wider local community. A selection of pupils posed with Adam wearing their jeans to show support for the annual charity day – Jeans for Genes Day, which takes place this year on 23 September.

046College principle, Chris Mallaband said:

“It was fantastic to welcome Adam to Bacons College. The pupils were left hugely inspired by his spirit and attitude towards diversity, and we can’t wait to get involved with this year’s Jeans for Genes day to help raise much needed funds for Genetic Disorders UK.”

Each and every school that signs up to Jeans for Genes Day will be entered into a prize draw to win a visit from Sponge Bob Square Pants or Harry Potter and Star Wars actor Warwick Davis.

For further information please visit: www.jeansforgenesday.org.