VIDEO: Drag queen helps to raise £50,000 for mum's hospice
A SWANSEA drag queen was inspired by his own personal tragedy to go on and raise a whopping £50,000 for a host of charities.
Phillip Arran, who is the man behind CC Swan, was left devastated by the loss of his mum who spent the final week of her life being cared for by Ty Olwen.
The 42-year-old from Manselton wanted to gift the staff at the hospice, which is based within the grounds of Swansea's Morriston Hospital, a cash donation.
But he decided to play host to a fundraiser at Swansea's Grand Theatre with the help of his friends.
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From the moment it was curtain up in front of a 1,000-strong house in 2004 there was no looking back and the money has continued to roll in.
Mr Arran, who works in theatre in London, said: "The first major event I held was for Ty Olwen — I felt I needed to give something back after my mum.
"The care she had there was second to none. We didn't have money to give as a family so I thought I'd do something that I knew and got all my friends together.
"We had a lot of people there including a group of fire men performing."
"We raised £8,000 after my mum died."
Since then he has gone on to raise thousands of pounds more by throwing two balls in aid of the Terence Higgins Trust and taking part in a skydive in aid of the RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre in Penllergaer.
He first started a residency at The Waterside back in 2000 and said his shows had allowed him to make a difference to good causes.
"People are so generous," he added.
"I just think if you have the ability to do a show then why not?"
Despite spending more of his time in London, he is hard at work preparing two further charity shows.
As CC Swan, he will be lending his support to a weekend of entertainment at Y Ffwrnes Theatre in Carmarthenshire, Llanelli.
He's backing the 100 Voices Variety Show, which has been set up by Dale Francis in memory of his mum and brother, and is taking place at the venue on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31.
He also has plans to hold a ball at Swansea's Patti Pavilion on Saturday, September 7, at 7pm, to support the Bangladesh Gastroenterology Development.