Corby mum sets up second Wear It Purple day for daughter with rare childhood arthritis

Farah Mills.
Farah Mills.

A Corby mum whose daughter suffers from a form of child arthritis has organised a second Wear It Purple day after the success of last year’s event.

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

Farah Mills.

Farah Mills.

JIA is not a particularly well-known condition, so last year Miss Haselip joined forces with a fellow mum whose child also has it to launch a #WearPurpleForJIA day.

The day, where people are encouraged to post selfies in purple on social media, raised more than £2,000 – and now she and her friend Rachel Rennie are doing it all over again this Friday (May 6).

Miss Haselip said: “Before Farah was diagnosed I didn’t even know children could get arthritis.

“She’s kind of got used to having it but some days are easier than others, she needs help with a lot of things.

“Last year was such a success and it’s all about raising as much awareness as possible, we even reached a school in The Gambia.

“This year we are raising money for JIA-at-NRAS and we originally wanted to raise £500 but I think we’ve beaten that by selling wristbands on Facebook.

“Farah is in Reception at Danesholme Infants School and they’re holding a cake sale, they’ve been absolutely brilliant.”

To donate to the cause, visit the JustGiving page by clicking here or text JIAF55 followed by the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.

To find out more about #WearPurpleForJIA, click here.