A STUDENT with a rare condition that means she feels no pain in her feet is campaigning to raise awareness of neurological disorders.

Lauren Fraser from Greenock suffers from sensory neuropathy and wants to highlight the struggles faced by people with similar illnesses.

Her condition is due to damaged sensory nerves and usually affects arms and legs.

Lauren's symptoms mean she does not feel pain in her feet.

It means she has to be extremely careful in everything she does to avoid serious injury.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Larkfield, said: "Nobody has ever known exactly what it is or what causes it.

"I was born with it.

"If I was to hurt my feet, for example if someone was to stamp on them, I won't feel it.

"When I was younger I was quite clumsy and doctors did a nerve study which found I had sensory neuropathy and nobody knows why."

Lauren is now on a mission to help fund research into neurological conditions.

She's arranged a charity gig in Word Up on Friday May 18 which will also double up as an assignment towards her HNC music business course at the Finnart Street campus of West College Scotland.

All proceeds will go to Brain Research UK.

Lauren said: "I know what it's like to have a nerve-related condition but it's hard to find charities that cover neurological disorders.

"When I discovered Brain Research UK I decided I wanted to do something to help the charity.

"Whether my condition stems from my brain or not is unknown but I know how badly neurological research is needed and how under-resourced it can sometimes be, but also how amazing the newest, latest and most advanced technology to test for certain conditions is progressing.

"They fund research into the hundreds of neurological conditions that exist today.

"This could be anything from brain tumours and Alzheimer's to epilepsy, MS and strokes - they all fit into the research that this charity carries out."

Lauren is organising the fundraising gig with fellow WCS student Blair Skilling, who is 19 and from Gourock.

On the bill are local bands The Medicine Priests and Black Dove plus singer Max Ferrier and DJ Ben Ward.

Blair said: "I had bands booked and Lauren had Word Up arranged so we thought it would be a good idea to put our gigs together.

"We have a good variety of acts lined up to perform."

Tickets will be available on the door for a minimum donation of £4 to the charity.

You can also donate online at www.visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LaurenFraser2