It's time to GO Purple and help raise awareness of lupus!

Between the 6th and 13th May we'll be celebrating and we’d love for you to join in!

Whether you’re at home, school or work, getting involved couldn’t be simpler! You could Go Purple for a day or even the whole week – just remember to donate at the same time! Why not dress in your brightest purple outfit, bake some tasty purple treats, or celebrate by throwing an purple themed tea party? All funds raised will help us to continue providing support to people affected by lupus.

Download our World Lupus Day poster to colour in and display in your window!

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic and presently incurable illness of the immune system.

When most people use the term ‘lupus’ they are usually referring to systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE) which is a type of lupus that can affect any body tissue and organ. The information in this section focusses on SLE.

Another milder form of lupus which affects the skin is called is discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Read more about the symptoms of DLE.

Autoimmune condition

SLE is an autoimmune condition which means that it is caused by problems with the immune system. Rather than just fighting viruses, bacteria and infection by producing antibodies, your body starts to attack and destroy healthy cells, tissues and organs.

As with other more common autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and coeliacs disease, it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for triggering the onset of SLE in certain people.