Today schools across the country are wearing purple to raise awareness for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Redcar MP, Anna Turley, joined pupils at New Marske Primary who were celebrating the day in support of their classmate 8 year old Hollie.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – or JIA for short – is an autoimmune inflammatory joint disease which causes inflammation in the joints of children. There are an estimated 12,000 children under the age of 16 in the UK that have JIA – around 1 in a 1000.

Anna joined Hollie and her classmates at New Marske Primary this morning to celebrate the day and help raise awareness of the condition.

Hollie and her family, including mum Andrea, have been raising money for JIA at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS). They even have plans to do a skydive! They will also be visiting Parliament later this month to attend the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Reception.

Anna said:
“I was delighted to join the pupils at New Marske Primary this morning to recognise this important day. Hollie has done a great job getting her school involved to raise awareness of this disease which she and thousands of other children suffer from each day. I am looking forward to welcoming her to Parliament later this month too, where she will help take the campaign to MPs from across the country.
“Sadly the DWP tried to strip Hollie and her family of support for her condition, which causes her pain and restricts her mobility. Thankfully we were able challenge the DWP decision and have the support reinstated.”