Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 13°C

Five-day forecast

Rainham woman shaves head to raise money for dying husband

Before: Claire and Lee Howell Before: Claire and Lee Howell

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:00 PM

A woman whose husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour has raised more than £3,000 for charity by shaving her head.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

After: Claire and Lee HowellAfter: Claire and Lee Howell

Lee Howell, 48, had a second operation to remove a tumour last week, and wife Claire showed her support by joining him for a sponsored head shave to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

“I’d never heard of the charity before,” said Claire, 38. “I want to make it as recognised as prostate cancer - it only receives 1 per cent of national spend on cancer research.”

“Everyone was saying to me, ‘are you nervous about shaving your head?’ but I love it, I’m keeping it for summer.”

Lee and Claire’s lives were turned upside down in May when Lee was given 12-18 months to live.

The Rainham couple married a year ahead of schedule in July and Claire has praised Lee’s handling of the situation.

She said: “He’s got this strength and calmness about him. He’s an amazingly strong person and he’s made it so much easier for everybody else.”

Lee was originally told if the tumour came back it would not be operated on, but a Queen’s Hospital surgeon believed his life could be extended and chose to go ahead with the surgery.

“Dr Low decided he wanted to operate again,” said Claire. “And the two oncology nurses Kim and Trisha have been amazing too. We can’t praise them enough”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/Claire-Matthews5.

Share this article

0 comments

More News

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »