Celebrities including football legend David Beckham and TV presenter Davina McCall have been touched by the plight of a little Corby girl who suffers from juvenile athritis.
Farah Mills, three, was diagnosed with juvenile oligoarticular arthritis and uveitis just before her second birthday.
The condition means Farah takes medication daily to tackle the pain.
She has had steroid joint injections under general anaesthetic and has to attend frequent appointments at the Radcliffe Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.
Despite the pain and discomfort, Farah attends sessions at the Oakey Dokey Childcare Centre on the Danesholme estate in Corby.
The nursery is holding a fun day, from 11am until 4pm on Saturday, to raise funds for the charity, the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association, which supports families of youngsters with the condition.
Farah’s mum Lynette Haselip and dad Robert Mills, of Bede Close, Corby, who also have a baby son, Bradley, are keen to back the association which helps parents facing the same daily problems they encounter.
Lynette said: “Farah has swelling of her knees, ankles, neck, her left elbow and fingers and the condition can affect her eyes.
“Some mornings it can take up to three hours to get her moving around and she does suffer pain.
“She loves coming to the child care centre and doing all the things the other children do.
“The charity does a lot for families with a child with arthritis and helps parents feel less isolated. I also want to thank the nursery staff for all their hard work and support.”
There is no admission charge to the fun day which will include the auction, a tombola, a raffle supported by local companies and special visitors including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Buzz and Woody and Princess Elsa.
Celebrities donate to auction
For weeks Farah’s mum Lynette Haselip, owner and manager of Oakey Dokey Child Care Centre Emma Mares and members of the staff have been planning the fun day.
They contacted celebrities asking for donations of items for a charity auction, being held on the day, and have received a signed photograph from TV presenter Davina McCall, a signed football from David Beckham and products from bodybuilder and model Jodie Marsh, as well as gloves from boxer Steve Collins.
TV chef Gino D’Acampo and ITV’s This Morning show presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have also donated items.
Emma said: “The support has been marvellous and we are still hoping to hear from other celebrities we contacted.
“There will be some great items for auction.”