This month, we’re putting Peter Moulds into our fundraiser hall of fame. Peter is perhaps better known as Dolly the Drag Queen.

In the early 1970s, Dolly starred in pantomimes in Allostock in West Cheshire over a period of 8 years. This led to performances in cabaret shows across the country. Rather than being paid for performances, Dolly would always ask for a donation to The Christie.

One of Dolly’s biggest performances came in 1994, in a show called English Showtime. This featured Dolly doing 5 female impersonations and led to 2 further shows in 2009 and 2010.

In 2012, Peter’s wife Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was referred to The Christie, where she had treatment for 2 years. Sadly, Ann died in October 2014.

And a few years later, in 2021, Peter was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was also treated at The Christie and is now thankfully in remission.

To raise money for The Christie charity and to remember Ann, Peter decided to hold 2 nights of drag shows in February 2023. Despite being the age of 83, Peter was happy to perform as Dolly once again to remember his lovely wife.

The shows were at The Three Greyhounds in Allostock and saw Peter transform into Joan Collins, Marlene Dietrich and Bet Lynch, along other impersonations. Dolly performed for over 2 hours both night to sell-out crowds and was joined by 4 dancers on stage. The 2 drag shows raised just over an incredible £3,050 for The Christie charity.

“The reason for this show was to remember and to pay tribute to my wonderful wife, Ann, and to raise vital funds for The Christie hospital. It was great fun, and I would like to thank dearly the team at The Three Greyhounds, my dancers, all my support team and everyone who attended and donated so generously on the night.”

Peter, Christie fundraiser

Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Peter and everyone else involved in the shows for making this exciting fundraiser such a success! Amazing fundraising like this means we can keep offering support to cancer patients and their families, over and above what the NHS funds.

Would you like to fundraise for The Christie charity? Speak to the charity team on 0161 446 3988 or see how you can get involved with fundraising.