Posted: 15 January 2015

Adults of tomorrow: Five minutes with TV personality Linda Nolan

TV personality Linda Nolan talks about the pressures young people face today – and the many ups and downs of fundraising!

Why did you choose to support The Children’s Society?

I’m one of eight children and we weren’t that well off. But the main reason is that I love children. My biggest regret is not having any of my own, so helping children is high on my list of priorities.

Do you think the public is aware of the scale of childhood poverty in Britain today?

No, I really don’t. We like to think that in this day and age everyone has the basics like a carpet on the floor and a room to sleep in that doesn’t have severe damp on the walls – but sadly this just isn’t the case.

We like to think that in this day and age everyone has the basics like a bed and a room to sleep – sadly this isn’t the case.

Out of 11 countries surveyed for our Good Childhood Report, boys and girls in England were among the unhappiest with their looks.  Why do you think that is?

It’s so sad to think that our children are unhappy about their appearance, but there is definitely a big pressure to look good. My sister Coleen told me her daughter Ciara, who’s only 13, recently told her, ‘I think I’m getting a bit of a belly,’ which is ridiculous because she has a fantastic figure. It's hard enough being a teenager without having to worry about how you look.

You shot to fame with your sisters when you were in The Nolans. Did you feel pressure to look good?

I’m one of six girls, so of course I wanted to look as good as the others. Some of my sisters had no problem staying slim, but I’d put on weight if I wasn’t careful. And we all wore the same thing while singing on stage, so choosing outfits which suited us all could be tricky. There was pressure, but not like today.

You recently took part in Revs on a Rollercoaster to raise money for us. How was it?

Going to Blackpool and braving The Big One was amazing and a bit surreal. There were around 20 reverends and a bishop in his mitre! They were a great bunch and it was a lot of fun. As well as raising over £12,000, it captured people’s imagination and made them more aware of The Children’s Society.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about supporting The Children’s Society?

It’s a really amazing charity and more people should be aware of the brilliant work it does to support young people, who are the adults of tomorrow. I can’t think of a more wonderful thing to do.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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Posted: 15 January 2015