Rising Star winner, Trishna Bharadia has been honoured by Prime Minister, Theresa May, for supporting people living with MS and other chronic conditions.
Bharadia, 38, is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to Bharadia, May said, “Your invaluable work as an ambassador for the MS Society is raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic conditions.”
“Your outreach work, particularly to people in the Asian community, is providing essential information and support to so many others who are living with the condition.”
Diagnosed with MS herself in 2008, at the age of 28, Trishna wanted to help others in a similar situation. Despite having a full-time job as a translator for a business intelligence company, Trishna spends many hours each week working with multiple stakeholders at a local, national and international level, to bring about change.
Her work includes blogging, vlogging, writing for various publications, being a media spokesperson on healthcare issues, speaking at events and conferences, and co-creating services and information. She’s an Ambassador for MS Society UK and ADD International, is a Patron for ParaDance UK and the Cambridge MS Therapy Centre, and sits on the committee for national support group Asian MS. She has been pioneering in leading the conversation about MS and chronic illness in Asian communities.
Trishna, who won a Rising Star in Charity Award in 2017, also regularly leads talks and advises on research studies and projects, educating healthcare professionals about living with MS, an illness that affects 100,000 people in the UK.
Speaking about the achievements, Bharadia said,“This is amazing news.”
“It’s great to have an initiative that recognises all the work that volunteers are doing across the country, as it will hopefully encourage others to get involved.”
“Hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as I do!”
“It’s also great for further raising awareness about MS and chronic illness, as well as the work that the various organisations I’m involved with, such as the MS Society, MS-Uk and the MS Trust, do.”