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Norwich pupils wear purple for juvenile arthritis fundraising day

PUBLISHED: 13:10 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 18 June 2018

Framingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (front) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis.

Picture: Nick Butcher

Framingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (front) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Pupils at a Norwich school have raised hundreds of pounds for children with a form of juvenile arthritis.

Framingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (left) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis.

Picture: Nick ButcherFramingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (left) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis. Picture: Nick Butcher

Harry Jordison, 14, from Poringland, is a pupil at Framingham Earl High School, near Norwich.

His six-year-old sister Clara was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in September 2015, when she was just four years old.

Pupils at the school paid £1 to wear purple clothes, and some even dyed their hair.

And during the fundraising day on Friday, June 8, they raised a total of £678.42 for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) to go towards research and treatment for the condition.

Framingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis.

Picture: Nick ButcherFramingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis. Picture: Nick Butcher

Clara’s mum, Victoria Jordison, 42, said: “JIA is an autoimmune disease.

“At the minute she’s having blood tests every few weeks.

“She’s had injections under general anaesthetic but she doesn’t let it get in her way - she’s quite spirited.”

NRAS figures say between 1,000 and 1,500 children are diagnosed with JIA each year.

Framingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (left) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis.

Picture: Nick ButcherFramingham Earl High School student Harry Jordison (left) organised a 'Wear Purple Day' to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis. Picture: Nick Butcher

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