A SHOREHAM resident is hoping to get Richard Branson to back a new website which aims to change the lives of those that suffer with a chronic bowel disease.
Seb Tucknott is creating IBDrelief.com to help fellow sufferers of inflammatory bowel conditions (IBD) find ways of coping with their debilitating illness.
Even the doctors agreed it would be difficult to live a normal lifeSeb Tucknott
The 28-year-old, from Greenacres, is now competing against a range of other start-up businesses in Virgin Media’s Pitch to Rich 2015 competition run by Mr Branson.
The first round of the competition closes on May 5 and includes a public vote.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 20 years old, Seb had never heard of IBD. After reading lots of stories online about the condition he believed he would never be able to live a normal life.
Seb, who runs web design company Brightsite, said: “There are around 300,000 known IBD sufferers in the UK and I read so many horror stories from people who weren’t able to manage their condition.
“Even the doctors agreed it would be difficult to live a normal life. As a 20-year-old, this scared me.
“After eight years of living with the condition, I have learned this is not the case.
“I’ve done a lot of reading, research and spent time talking to other sufferers about what helps them and I’m now able to live a fairly normal life after making big changes to my diet and lifestyle.”
The two main inflammatory bowel diseases are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Seb’s condition causes inflammation and ulceration of areas of the bowel, resulting in frequent trips to the toilet, blood loss and fatigue.
Well-known sufferers include Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave, pop singer Anastacia and magician Dynamo.
He continued: “While doing research into IBD, I found there was so much information out there, in so many different places, and I wanted to bring it all together in one place to make it easier for sufferers.
“By entering Pitch to Rich I hope to promote IBDrelief.com to sufferers to improve their lives but to also raise awareness of IBD among non-sufferers.”
To proceed into the next round of the Pitch to Rich competition, Seb needs to receive public votes. To vote for IBDrelief.com visit www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/start-up/ibdreliefcom
Voting closes on Tuesday, May 5.
The winner of the start-up category of Pitch to Rich receives a £150,000 marketing campaign which Seb would use to raise awareness of the condition and the website.