5 June 2020
#WearPurpleforJIA started after my daughter Farah was diagnosed with arthritis aged two years old. It took five months for a diagnosis. Once diagnosed I realised there was no support, no awareness and no recognition for children with arthritis...then #WearPurpleForJIA was born.
It is a fun way to raise awareness and also some funds for JIA-at-NRAS. A day when people can be silly and have fun whilst raising much needed awareness. Before Farah was diagnosed I had no idea children could suffer with arthritis. So by wearing purple and spreading the word we hope more people will be aware.
Lynette and Farah xx
(Patrons of #WearPurpleforJIA)
Lynette Haselip’s 8 year old daughter, Farah Mills, was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) after she woke up on Christmas morning almost six years ago with a swollen ankle.
For the past three years Lynette and NRAS have campaigned to raise awareness of JIA and funds for JIA-at-NRAS through the #WearPurpleforJIA day.
Lynette said: “Wear Purple has spread far and wide with people and places all over the UK being involved. It has connected people who thought they were on this journey alone and now they have found support and friendships. When I started the campaign, I never thought it would be as big as it is now with so many people involved."
In the past, Farah’s school, Danesholme Infant Academy, have been involved, buying and selling wristbands and holding a mufti day. Lynette says people can raise money for the cause by holding cake sales, wearing purple at work or school and taking part in fun runs or buying wristbands, T-shirts, and other merchandise at www.wearpurpleforjia.com website.
Lynette recalled being told about her daughter’s illness and how it inspired her to start fundraising. She said: “Never in a million years did I think that I would be told Farah had arthritis. I didn’t even know children could have arthritis. This made me and Farah more determined to share #WearPurpleforJIA as far and wide as we can to raise as much awareness surrounding this as possible.”
Despite Farah undergoing recent surgery, she and Lynette are still very committed to #WearPurpleforJIA. This year, Lynette and Farah have agreed to be the patrons of #wearpurpleforjia at NRAS and we are all delighted. Lynette and Farah will continue to be great ambassadors for this campaign, raising awareness and funds wherever they can.
The #WearPurpleforJIA day this year will take place on 5 June. It can be as simple as asking your school to get involved by letting the children and staff come to school or nursery in purple clothes, this can also be replicated in the workplace to help raise awareness of JIA in children under the age of 16.