A family from Clifton have been raising money for the Jeans for Genes charity, whilst also raising awareness of their daughter’s rare genetic condition.
Kimberley-Jade and her partner Alex welcomed Francesca into the world three years ago and a little sister for their son Archie.
Francesca has acrodysostosis, which is a rare congenital malformation syndrome that involves the shortening of the interphalangeal joints of the hands and feet.
The family held a fundraising morning at Dancin’ Motion Studios on Varney Road with games, cake, tombola and raffle – as well as an auction for some Notts County tickets – while Glapton School kindly allowed their pupils to pay a £1 to come to school in jeans in a non-uniform day.
Kimberley-Jade said: “Francesca was born a healthy weight, but we always questioned the fact she seemed to have small hands, tiny feet and an adorable squishy nose.
“We were always told by professionals that she is just small, but in September last year we took her to the doctors as she had swollen finger and we were lucky that the doctor noticed how small her hands were and referred us to the hospital.
“We also found out that Francesca is moderately deaf and that has paplidema, but nothing has stopped her in her tracks.
“With her piercing blue eyes, red hair, small hands and small feet, she does what she wants and doesn’t let anything stop her – and she is learning sign language.
“We came across a Facebook group whilst researching acrodysostosis and found a family as close as Hucknall and one as far away as Australia – Francesca is one of only 100 worldwide.”
Helped by some of her close friends and Glapton’s non-uniform day, they managed to raise an amazing total of over £700.
“The community were amazing and came together in order to raise awareness of our daughter’s rare genetic disorder,” continued Kimberley-Jade. “I hope we can keep researching her condition and get it known.
“Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day, donated things and made our day happen.”
If you want to find out more details about acrodysostosis, you can find them on Facebook at ‘Acrodysostosis Support and Research’.