Shoreham man receives £5,000 for bowel disease website

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A SHOREHAM resident has received a certificate and £5,000 at the Digital Heroes Awards this week for his website that supports those suffering with an irritable bowel disease (IBD).

Seb Tucknott, who has ulcerative colitis, is working with a team to launch an information platform that will provide people with an online resource to educate, support and guide sufferers of IBD.

The 28-year-old Greenacres resident won the healthy living category and was crowned at the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards ceremony held at the House of Lords in London.

Seb said: “We entered it and got shortlisted in the healthy living category, it then went to public vote and we won the award.

“We were pretty surprised, we were up against a few good companies. But it’s great to get some recognition for what we’re doing. Also, there was a prize for £5,000, which has enabled us to carry on for the next six months.”

Seb, who runs web design company Brightsite, is now working with a small team to relaunch the website for early next year.

Using the £5,000 and money raised from a previous crowd funding campaign, a designer is currently busy creating new features for the website.

Earlier this year, Seb took part in Virgin Media’s Pitch to Rich 2015 competition run by Sir Richard Branson.

“We made it to the top 50 and got through to the next round. Then there was a judging stage to whittle it down to ten businesses, but we didn’t get through that unfortunately,” said Seb.

However, the competition opened up many doors for Seb and the website, including 2,500 subscribers.

“It showed us that there was a need for it and that was six months ago – it’s crazy how much has happened since then,” he said.

Seb is now a member of the NHS People Panel, he has also been requested to speak at a number of events, including the Health and Care Innovation Expo and Self Care Conference.

He said: “We have had amazing feedback from people – I’ve had people emailing and contacting me on a weekly basis.”

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 20 years old, Seb had never heard of IBD at the time.

“I think there’s a real information gap and that is really becoming apparent now.”

If you would like to learn more about the website or contact Seb, visit www.ibdrelief.com

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