Living Behind The Mask Charity Organisation

Unveiling the Mask 

Our Team - Beauty is what you make it

Meet the team that has had to learn to Be Their OWN Kind of Beautiful...

Tariro G

Event Organiser, Planner, Co-coordinator & Management, Younique Independent Makeup Presenter, Living Behind The Mask Charity Organisation Trustee & Secretary 
Funny, Bubbly, Caring, Don't get on her bad side, Understanding, Always ready to help, learn and listen, Amazing personality.

Mags Karter

Masters in Psychology (MBPsS) and Masters in Evironmental & Public Health, Co-owner of Karter Elegence Catering, Living Behind The Mask Charity Organisation Fearless Leader, Founder & Trustee
Strong, Dedicated, Sophisticated,Smart

Crosby Tagoe

Trustee
Valued member of the team

Hear Their Stories

Margaret Probin - Assistant Psychologist (MBPsS) -Founder, Fearless Leader & Trustee

My Name is Margaret Probin. I live in Manchester, England, but i was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and I suffer from a condition called Fibromyalgia. In 2014  I started this Foundation called Living Behind The Mask Charity.  I have 11 years’ experience in the health sector, I studied Health and Social Care at Stockport College which gave me a strong foundation towards my career path. I have a Degree in Psychology from the University of Bolton. After my Degree I trained in Health Promotion giving me a qualification to become  a Health Trainer through Naz Project London).  In 2011 I attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Chester which enhanced my academic research knowledge.  Before i could attempt my PHD in Psychology, in 2012, what seemed like a tragedy, at the time, struck. 


I was diagnosed with  Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), which is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, as well as a heap of other unpleasant symptoms. The cause/causes of Fibromyalgia are unknown. However it is believed to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages. It is also suggested that some people are more likely to develop fibromyalgia because of genes inherited from their parents. Other causes of fibromyalgia are thought to be caused or triggered by physical or emotional issues such as injury or life changing events which might have caused stress. 


On the 16th of December 2012, I woke up not being able to walk. I had a sharp pain in my lower back which went down my left leg. My body was inflicted by so much agonizing pain - I felt as though I was in constant childbirth. My skin felt like acid or boiling water was being constantly poured over me repeatedly - medically know as Dysesthesia. On top of not being able to walk, I stopped talking, writing and had to wear nappies among other things. I had the most violent spasms and tremors and it took up to four strong care givers or nurses to restrain me when this happened. It's an understatement to describe the pain as excruciating - if anything it felt deathly. I am sure not many will understand nor will they ever experience what I went through nor will I ever want anyone to suffer my pain. I am now in a better place but still dependant on others. I have days where I can't even leave my bed but a positive mind keeps me going.


Before I even started recovery, my marriage broke down and all the things I used to love doing as an independent person I could no longer do. Small tasks such as brushing my own teeth can take me at least 30 minutes to complete. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and suffered chronic headaches, back ache and Dysesthesia. I need help with bathing, cooking and many tasks which I used to take for granted. Sometimes I can barely wake up because the pain is unbelievable and I find it difficult to walk. I have better days and some days are unbearable when a flare-up happens. But I am a fighter and everyone who suffers from fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are super-strong individuals. So in light of this situation i had to change my plans to focus on recovery, and on my path of self discovery, in this new chapter of my life is when i came up with the idea for this foundation, because i realized just how useful a cause like this can be to someone who is this position/ situation. 

Tariro. N. Gapare - Secretary, Event Planner & Trustee 

I am proud to start by stating that i'm a 90's baby born in Zimbabwe lol, where even as a baby i had a fall that resulted in me being disabled for a year when i was 3 years old and was meant to be permanent. I moved to England when i was 10. My story is not that of your average 24 year old's. I'm tempted to say that life has dealt me up a rather stinky hand up to now. However i have people in my life that help me to remember that it's ok to be upset about it every now and then but you have to fight against the negativity and rise above it all to stay positive and keep looking to God because he has brought me this far. 

My teenage life has been turbulent to say the least, my illness started to manifest when i turned 13. First it was just pain in my left foot and it stayed that way for the next two years. Just after my 15th birthday i remember waking up one Saturday morning and looking down to see my feet swollen to the point where my toes had sunk in and were no longer visible, as you can imagine this was quite scary for a young girl. This of course started a series of test that took two years for me to receive an official diagnosis of Lymphedema of the legs and feet. Apart from the occasional flare-up i managed to make it through college, without much problem, where i received a BTEC National Diploma in Information Communication Technology. But i wasn't to know that my life was just about to get harder, my problems hadn't even really begun. 

I have suffered from chronic back pain since i was 13, but in university my illness went to another level, where i was now experiencing flare-up's of my condition about once every two months and it was resulting in me missing uni classes and unable to walk or wake up for about a week at a time. Obviously because of the severity on my situation now i was failing my first year and i attempted it three times until i got to a point where i had to accept that this just wasn't possible at that moment in time. So i had to abandon my dream of becoming a psychologist and go into full time work, which was ok as i was working as a Chef/ Waitress which happened to be my other passion in life. As you may have already guessed working full time didn't last long as i had to take time off work constantly because of my condition. I took a year from work upon mother's request in June 2013 and i didn't return until 2014 September. I managed to work until March 2015 and one day i woke up unable to walk, in excruciating pain, with leg spasms and cramps, and many other symptoms. Which was eventually diagnosed as Neuro-pathic Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Slipped Discs trapping the nerves on my right side, Anxiety, Depression, a Heart condition and the Lymphedema, which has now started spreading to my arms and causing my hands problems. I have many other symptoms but these are the main ones that cause me great difficulty in my daily life. 

I make it through each day by looking for the positives in my day and having an amazingly supportive family, which doesn't hurt, my mum,  God, and sisters who i'm eternally grateful to for their understanding and patience, plus my big sister from another mother who has been my rock and has helped me through all of this. If it wasn't for these people i genuinely believe i wouldn't be where i am today, planning for my future, taking a course in Event Management and Planning from home.

I am trying to stay optimistic and looking forward to the things in my life that i can still manage to do for myself, which isn't much anymore, but i am extremely confident that with time, and the support system i have around me, i will prevail and eventually, be well again. One step, one day at a time is the Motto that i live by now. It is hard work and has taken a long time to get to where i am today, but i wouldn't change my experience for anything and i'm glad i received this condition instead of one of my siblings suffering through this, i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. However, it has made me the woman i am today. I truly believe in the saying that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, just hold steadfast and you will prevail through the storm. 

Mr Crosby Tagoe - Trustee 

My name is Crosby Tagoe, I was born in Ghana,  The Name "Tagoe" inherited from a large family tribe known as the Ga people from the heart of the country. I migrated to England in the mid nighties, and then moved to Manchester in the beginning of the 2000's, where i discovered my passion and my desired career path of working as a Residential Social Worker. In my job i get to work with vulnerable people, children and family social care and I am proud to say that I have worked in this sector for over 12 years now and i have found this path to be an extremely satisfying and rewarding career

My belief in God  has given me the guided faith to embark on extra-ordinary journeys, that have in turn shaped my life for the better. My love for African music had allowed/ helped me to stay grounded, and rooted in my culture and always remember and be connected to where i came from . 


The old saying " a journey with a thousand miles begins with a step" could not be effective if it is not backed by action. I have been blessed with two beautiful children who are an inspiration of determination and the desire to live to  achieve my dreams. I have had the privilege to be in a leadership position in some community organisations and working with different organisations such as Manchester Christian Action, in empowering hope to the people. Over the years of working with voluntary organisations and groups has given me the experience which i can share in my current position as trustee for Living Behind the Mask Charity Foundation. The defining moment of bringing hope to the otherwise hopeless and a smile to those in agony is the basis of which the world was created. If we can love and give a little, the world will be a better place.