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Tuesday 6 January 2015

Ex-Solent graduate's brave story of battle with brain tumour

Solent TV is proud to announce the release of ‘The Cut’, an emotionally charged documentary about an ex-Solent graduate and her battle with a brain tumour.


‘The Cut’ records the story of Billie-Rae Wilkerson through the unbelievable discovery of her tumour and the thoughts that came after, including her courageous decision to donate her hair to charity.

The moving documentary shows the final moments before Billie-Rae had her hair entirely shaved off for The Little Princess charity.

“From when I was diagnosed to my actual surgery, I had to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for how much the surgeons would have to shave off – whether if it would be a strip, a chunk, half my hair and what I would do after.

“At the end of the day, it’s nothing and it doesn’t define me as a person. I’m going to take something that has so much negativity for me and I’m going to turn it into a positive and I’m going to donate it to the Little Princess Trust.

“I’m an ordinary, 22 year old girl and I’m at an age where I understand everything that has happened to me – I can’t even imagine what a little boy or girl will be going through, at such a young age, for them to lose their hair. I have so much angst about losing my hair now, but I like to think, I can make someone’s day, life even, and turn it into a positive for someone else”.

The Little Princess Trusts, which was launched in 2006, has provided over 2700 free wigs for children suffering with cancer and other conditions such as alopecia.

Monica Glass, spokesperson for The Little Princess Trust, said:

“What an inspiration Billie-Rae is to us all! She is such a brave person. Despite her own difficulties, she has chosen to support the Little Princess Trust and we are very grateful.

“Billie-Rae’s hair will join other hair donations and be made into a wig either within the UK or Ireland for a child who has lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

“On behalf of all of the children that we help, thank you Billie-Rae for your incredible support!”

Watch the documentary now at