Corby mum organises another ‘Wear It Purple’ day to raise awareness of child arthritis

Farah Mills.
Farah Mills.
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A Corby mum whose daughter has child arthritis has organised a day to raise awareness of the condition.

Lynette Haselip’s six-year-old daughter, Farah Mills, was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) after she woke up on Christmas morning almost four years ago with a swollen ankle.

Miss Haselip and friend Rachel Rennie have organised a ‘Wear It Purple’ day to raise money for JIA-at-NRAS for the past two years, with last year’s event raising almost £6,000.

This year’s #WearPurpleForJIA event is taking place on Friday (June 9) with an event taking place after school at Danesholme Infants Academy, which Farah attends.

Miss Haselip said: “Even after three years of doing ‘wear purple’ so many people still do not know that children suffer from arthritis and just how it affects them.

“It really can make some children poorly and the medications they take can also have the same effect.

“Farah started a new medication at Christmas, eight weekly infusions on Infliximab in hospital, but even since starting that she has suffered flares and needed joint injections.

“The awareness is paramount so that people really do understand how arthritis does affect children.

“We have a lot of support this year, like every other year, and many families across the country are taking part and holding their own events.

“We also have support in America and families taking part in America are raising awareness.”

At Farah’s school this year there will be a raffle, tombola, cake stand and many other stalls and games.

To find out more about #WearPurpleForJIA, visit the Facebook page.