Juvenile Arthritis Research (JAR)
In January 2018, Richard Beesley – a member of Hope Church Tonbridge – stepped out in faith and founded Juvenile Arthritis Research (the JAR Project).
The JAR Project has three aims:
- To find a cure for juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a painful and debilitating autoimmune condition where the body’s natural defences attack the joints. Around 1 in 1000 children has the condition, with around 20 children diagnosed each week across the UK.
- Raising awareness that children and young people get arthritis. The JAR Project has been developing the #ThinkJIA campaign to help make healthcare professionals and parents aware of the condition, because better awareness leads to faster diagnosis and improved outcomes.
- Supporting families of children with arthritis. They do this at the point that children and young people are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis through their A Little Box Of Hope programme. They also support children with arthritis who are struggling, for example with the regular injections, blood tests, or difficult physiotherapy, through Kipo’s Heroes – a scheme to encourage, support and motivate children and young people.