Dancing for disability
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Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser and awareness campaigner
Trishna was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, at the age of 28. She has since worked tirelessly to help and support others with MS, putting aside her own health issues to help raise awareness and inspire others with the illness. She has worked particularly hard within the Asian community, where she feels that disability is often hidden away and discriminated against, as well as with young people who have been diagnosed with MS.
You keep having to pinch yourself and say: Is this really happening?!Trishna Bharadia
Trishna volunteers with several MS charities, including the MS Society, Asian MS and the MS Trust and in 2013 she was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the MS Society Awards. As well as fundraising, Trishna is also editor of the Asian MS quarterly newsletter; writes for MS and disability-awareness magazines and speaks at both local events and large pharmaceutical conferences about MS (something which was initially very hard for her due to her fear of public speaking). She is keen to put a ‘face’ to MS, rather than being viewed as a statistic.
Outside volunteering, Trishna works hard to ensure MS doesn’t stop her leading an active life - she plays hockey and attends regular Zumba classes. She is a Strictly Come Dancing super-fan who never misses an episode. At a dance event last year she met her favourite dancer, Aljaž, and bee-lined for a selfie with him! We can’t wait to see her excitement when she’s actually dancing on the Strictly floor with the man himself!