A WOMAN was transformed into a zebra from the plains of Africa at a charity event that raised nearly £300.

The bizarre makeover was part of an initiative by body painter Niki Etheridge for Endometriosis UK.

The organisation raises awareness of the condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb.

The live body painting event at the Queen Victoria Pub in Rottingdean raised £263 for the cause.

Miss Etheridge, 29, completed her masterpiece in three hours using only sponges.

It comes as the charity held an awareness month in March to highlight the symptoms and problems caused by the condition.

There is no known cure at the moment but Miss Etheridge, 29, from Rottingdean, herself a sufferer, said the money she raised would go a long way in helping sufferers of the condition.

She said: “The money will help the charity to support women through support groups and therapy as it can cause life-changing effects.

“Not only does the charity help the women, it also helps the family through it as well.

“It was a really good turnout, a good amount of people came and I was really pleased.

“When we were taking pictures outside the pub even drivers stopped and came to take a look and pose for photos.

“People stayed and asked me questions after, which was another good way to spread the word about endometriosis.”

It is estimated the common condition affects around two million women in the UK.

Most of them are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40.

It is thought to be caused by womb lining not leaving the body properly during a period and embedding itself on organs of the pelvis.

Miss Etheridge was diagnosed in 2015 at the age of 28 and was treated by the NHS in both Brighton and Haywards Heath.

There are a range of different symptoms that women can suffer.

Endometriosis is not life threatening but it can cause life-changing circumstances and even infertility.

Miss Etheridge had symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disorder, painful periods, irregular bleeding, dizziness, sickness, sudden pains in her pelvis and ovarian cysts.

She was finally diagnosed after having keyhole surgery.

As well as the body painting, her fundraising night included a raffle in which RJ’s Hair and Nails of Brighton donated prizes.

For more information about the condition, visit endometriosis-uk.org.