Weymouth man nominated for national award

Weymouth man nominated for national award

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:11am 25th May 2020. (Updated at 8:13am 25th May 2020)

Mesha Moinirad from Weymouth has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.

He's been shortlisted in the Positive role Model category at the National Diversity Awards, which is backed by ITV. 

The National Diversity Awards celebrate the UK's role models within the equality and diversity sector. 

Mesha campaigns for people suffering with chronic illness and also works with other campaigners to support people with ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease and other chronic conditions. 

Mesha was given a 20 percent survival rate after suffering a burst appendix in 2013, this lead to sepsis and ulcerative colitis. In 2016 he was fitted with a stoma bag.

Mesha Moinirad 2013

Mesha, said: 

"Having a stoma bag is something that people often associate with the elderly. I hope my efforts to raise awareness about the condition and the positive messages I spread will help younger people comes to terms with having a bag.

"As well as fighting the stigma associated with my condition, I also try to give a voice to all those people who have a hidden or chronic illness and often suffer discrimination because of this."

 "It's a huge honour to be nominated alongside the other very worthy nominees as we all champion diversity and encourage people to believe in themselves."

Mesha works as a personal trainer at First Class Fitness, he's been nominated for this award after raising awareness for chronic illness on social media.

'Mr Colitis Crohns' is his Instagram, which you can find here: https://www.instagram.com/mrcolitiscrohns/

The deadline for voting is 18th May, is you'd like to vote for Mesha, please visit: