Pupils ‘Go Orange’ to raise money for muscular dystrophy charity

PUBLISHED: 11:18 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 25 January 2016

Pupils at Shears Green Junior School

Pupils at Shears Green Junior School


They dressed in orange on Friday

Adam with his two sisters - Libby and MeganAdam with his two sisters - Libby and Megan

Pupils at Shears Green Junior School in Gravesend donned orange clothes on Friday as part of a fundraiser for a muscular disorder charity.

The children swapped their blue uniforms for orange to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, for one of their classmates, Adam Charlick.

Adam, aged 10, has a muscle wasting condition known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Most sufferers are expected to be in a wheelchair by age 12, after being diagnosed by age five.

Toni Charlick, Adam’s mum, said: “Lots of the children have already told Adam how much they were looking forward to it, it’s lovely they’re so supportive of him.”

Less than 2,500 people suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the UK, with few of them living to see 30.

Anneke Liefting, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s regional development manager said: “We’re so grateful that Shears Green Junior School are taking part in Go Orange for a Day!

“Its thanks to fundraisers like these that we are able to continue to fund pioneering research into potential treatments for muscle-wasting conditions, as well as supporting families like the Charlicks.”

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