Eaton man braves the shave in memory of twin

Colman Junior School site manager Wayne Howe has his head shaved for MacMillan with the help of some

Colman Junior School site manager Wayne Howe has his head shaved for MacMillan with the help of some of the fundraising pupils.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

An Eaton man is proof that identical twins share a special, unbreakable bond.

Colman Junior School site manager Wayne Howe has his head shaved for MacMillan with the help of some

Colman Junior School site manager Wayne Howe has his head shaved for MacMillan with the help of some of the fundraising pupils including (l to r) Ash Barzey, Tayla Uslu and Maisy Gamble.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Wayne Howe lost his brother, Vinnie, to lung cancer in 2008, when the pair were just 36.

In a bid to honour his brother's memory, and to come to terms with the loss of a man who 'was always there to talk to', he decided to take part in a sponsored head shave, raising around £700 for Macmillan Nurses and The Big C cancer charities.

The brave site manager at Colman Junior School even let some of the pupils get their hands on the clippers.

The event was one of many fundraising events Mr Howe, 44, has taken part in since the death of his twin.


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He completed the charity Starlight Walk around Norwich six times and raised more than £4,000.

Mr Howe said: 'It gave me time to think and remember Vinnie and doing it with people who are going through the same thing as you – it helps.

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'It was a really hard and emotional time. The cancer took him quite quickly, within seven months.'

Sadly, due to Mr Howe injuring his back, he was forced to give up physical challenges.

He said: 'I started it all to keep his memory going, so when someone said to me about the brave the shave and I had to do it for Vinnie and the Macmillan Nurses who my heart goes out to.'

The Macmillan Nurses cared for him and ensured he could spend his final days at home.

Mr Howe added: 'Twins have this bond – some people don't believe it but we do – if Vinnie hurt, I hurt, if he was upset, I could feel that something was wrong.'

Stepping outside with his new, bald look, the first thing on Mr Howe's agenda was to buy a woolly hat.

He said: 'I can't believe how cold it is.'

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