Trowbridge ex-model aims to spread word

6:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013

By Craig Jones

A woman from Trowbridge is launching a website to raise awareness of a rare condition that makes it difficult for some women to conceive.

Tabitha Taya, 25, has a condition known as MRKH, or Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser. Those affected do not have a uterus or experience a menstrual cycle.

Former John of Gaunt pupil Miss Taya found out she had the syndrome, which affects one in 5,000 women, at 15, just three months after her mother, Niki Pang, died of a rare and incurable form of cancer, called sarcoma.

Miss Taya, a former model, said: “Through Living MRKH, I want to support those with MRKH and let them know there is help out there.

“Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, in London, is the only hospital in the country that treats the condition and it took me many years to find that out, so I just want to make things easier for others.”

She gave up her job as an office space sales manager in February, to concentrate on Living MRKH, and will be holding events across the region to raise its profile.

On May 3, she will hold a talk at the Slug and Lettuce, in Corn Street, between 6pm and 9pm. She will be selling products such as candles, perfume and jewellery to raise funds for the campaign.

She said: “The events are to let people know that, yes, it is a difficult conversation to have, but it’s not a taboo subject and getting that message out is a big point.”

Miss Taya will also be raising funds for Sarcoma UK, in memory of her mother.

This weekend Miss Taya will be modelling at a fashion show at Trowbridge Civic Centre.

The sold-out event, which has been organised by Olympic Torch runner Wayne Palmer in aid of Breast Cancer Care, takes place tonight and tomorrow.

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