Corby mum’s campaign turns town purple to raise money for children with arthritis

#wearpurple at  Oakey Dokey Childcare where Farach (centre) goes to nursery
#wearpurple at Oakey Dokey Childcare where Farach (centre) goes to nursery

Corby businesses and groups painted the town purple last week as they joined a mother’s campaign to raise funds for and awareness of child arthritis.

Lynette Haselip, of Bede Close, raised more than £1,500 with the campaign last Friday (June 19) which saw staff members from a hair salon, tennis centre, nursery and nightclub, among others, don specially designed purple T-shirts with the slogan #wearpurpleforjia.

#wearpurple Farah (right) with best friend Freya Palmer-Smith

#wearpurple Farah (right) with best friend Freya Palmer-Smith

The money will all go to the Children’s Arthritis Trust, a condition which her four-year-old daughter Farah suffers from.

Farah was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) after she woke up one Christmas morning with a mysteriously swollen ankle.

The condition has now spread through her joints and has even affected her eyes.

But despite having an operation the day before the #wearpurpleforjia event, Farah still kept a cheerful smile on her face throughout the day.

#wearpurpleforjia Farrah and Hayley (centre) with DWP Contact Centre

#wearpurpleforjia Farrah and Hayley (centre) with DWP Contact Centre

Mrs Haselip said: “Corby really did back the awarenesss day.

“The companies involved included Oakey Dokey Childcare, RS, Rubix nightclub, Exeter School, Boots at Lakeside, DWP contact centre, Corby Tennis Centre, Corby Radio, plus loads more.

“And this is not to mention the support of individuals.

“It really was amazing just to see how many people supported us and the charity.

#wearpurple at Corby Tennis Centre

#wearpurple at Corby Tennis Centre

“It meant so much to me to see Farah so pleased to see everyone in purple, especially her best friend and nursery.

“Despite being in pain from the operation the day before, she had the biggest smile on her face, which you can see from the pictures.”

Mrs Haselip is still counting the money raised via collection tins by all the groups which got involved with the campaign.

Following its success, she said: “We plan to keep the #wearpurpleforjia going in the future with possible walks, runs, anything really to keep the awareness coming.”

#wearpurple ar Rubix nightclub

#wearpurple ar Rubix nightclub

#wearpurple at High Maintenance Salon

#wearpurple at High Maintenance Salon