Jenny Collier on childhood and regrettable fringes | ActionAid UK

Originally from the Welsh mountains but based in the Big Smoke since 2010, up-and-coming stand-up comedian Jenny Collier fills us in on what she couldn't live without as a child and what she thought the future would look like.

Jenny Collier as a child
Jenny Collier as a child (with the fringe she regrets)

On being a child

What three things were best about being a child? Playing rounders, colouring-in and trainers with lights in the soles.

When you were small, what were the three things you couldn’t live without? My blanket, my family (including our dog) and humour.

Imagining the future

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be ‘a pig in a circus’. I would say I’ve nearly made it.

How did you envision the future as a child — what did you think it would be like? I thought it would be all hoverboards, cars that looked like bubbles and clothes made of foil and cellophane.

How is it different to what you imagined? I think cars HAVE become more aerodynamic, and metallic clothing DOES exist. I’m still waiting on the hoverboards though, unless they DO exist somewhere but no one’s told me?

What piece of advice would you give to your 10-year-old self? That fringe is not a good look on you. Get Mum to sort it out sooner rather than later.

What makes the best Christmas?

What was the best Christmas present you were given as a child and why? The best was a teapot house with little people that lived in it and sat in teacup chairs. My parents probably rued the day they chose that though, as I used to come into their room at six a.m. to pour them a ‘cup of tea’ (it was just air).

What one thing would you change about Christmas? I would make snow mandatory and slush illegal.

When Jenny was a child she says she couldn’t live without her blanket. Many of the poorest children around the world won’t have simple things like a blanket to keep them warm this Christmas, let alone just for comfort. There are lots of basic things they don’t have, things that it’s so easy to take for granted — like clean water, a proper meal each day and the chance to go to school.

This Christmas, we’re asking you to help change that. By sponsoring a child you can help provide these simple but essential needs that will benefit not just one child but their whole communnity. £15 a month isn’t much, but it really does have the power to transform futures.


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