A multiple sclerosis campaigner from Marlow has been nominated as woman of the year in the annual Asian Achiever Awards.

Trishna Bharadia, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 28, wanted to help others in a similar situation.

She has since won numerous awards for her achievements, including the Points of Light award from Theresa May most recently, and has appeared on People’s Strictly Come Dancing for Comic Relief.

The Points of Light award recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Ms Bharadia volunteers with the MS Society, Asian MS and the MS Trust, and was named volunteer of the year at the 2013 MS Society Awards.

She was also chosen as one of just six inspirational individuals to take part in the People’s Strictly for Comic Relief because of the impact of her advocacy work in “inspiring people with chronic illness to live a full and positive life”.

She said: “To be shortlisted in this category and be in the company of such wonderful women is an amazing honour.

"I’m so happy that this could give a platform for raising better awareness about MS and chronic illness within the Asian community, where there is still much work to be done in reducing the stigma associated with illness and disability.

"If it helps just one person come forward for support that would be fantastic.”

Ms Bharadia is one of 32 finalists in the 18th Asian Achievers Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Asian community and will take place on September 14 in London.