A LOCAL opticians has donated £100 to a local family which is fund-raising to help children who suffer with arthritis.
Specsavers in the Abbeygate Centre is helping Jane Lyall raise money for the institutions that have helped her two-year-old daughter Lucy Strachan. The toddler was diagnosed with Junior Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) in December, 2009.
Lucy’s family is fund-raising for the Paediatric Rheumatology Unit at Ninewells Hospital and the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC).
Jane Lyall said: “We are very grateful for the help given by Arbroath Specsavers. JIA is such a cruel disease and we as a family have received such tremendous support.
“I hope the money we raise will ensure that the support network we benefited from is available to other families who are facing the same difficult journey.”
Arthritis is relatively rare in children, affecting approximately one in 1,000. Symptoms of JIA are often non-specific but can include lethargy, reduced physical activity and poor appetite. The first indication of the disease is often limping.
Jamie Buchan, store director at Specsavers Arbroath, commented: ‘We are delighted to be able to help Jane and her family. JIA is a very serious condition that not only affects Lucy’s mobility, but also makes her more prone to visual problems. Up to 30% of children with JIA are at risk of Uveitis, an inflammation of a part of the eye. If untreated it can lead to visual loss, cataracts, increased pressure in the eye and blindness.”
Due to the potential optical complications of Lucy’s condition she has quarterly sight tests and evaluations.
The Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC) is a registered charity, the aim of which is to offer support to the families of children affected by arthritis.
Sharon Douglas, chairperson of SNAC, stated: “Because arthritis in children is rare, many parents feel a degree of isolation and loneliness when trying to deal with the condition, its effects and treatments. SNAC is a charity set up by parents to support and help these families.
“Jane Lyall has very kindly agreed to be the SNAC local contact for Dundee and Perth, offering support to parents looking for advice about JIA. We are very grateful to Jane and Specsavers for their support.”
Lucy’s family has organised a fund-raising race night at the Masonic Hallin Friockheim on Saturday, April 30, at 7.30 p.m. Contact Jane Lyall on 01241 829 058.
To learn more about SNAC and the work it does visit www.snac.uk.com