Jennifer Saunders’ gesture leaves Edge Hill University students feeling ‘ab-fab’
28th December 2011
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COMEDIENNE Jennifer Saunders left hard-up students feeling absolutely fabulous after pledging to let them share the proceeds from her return to campus.

The TV star is returning to Ormskirk’s Edge Hill University in January months after the institution gave her an honorary doctorate for services to the entertainment industry.

And the kindhearted comedienne has ensured Edge Hill students with severe money worries benefit from her return on January 27.

That is because charitable donations from the event, when she will tell an expected audience of 500 stories from her 30-year career in the entertainment industry, will partly go to the university’s student hardship fund.

The emergency treasure chest is strictly reserved to give cash lifelines to students in dire financial difficulty.

The other half of donations received will go to CHICKS, a charity supporting disadvantaged children of which Jennifer is patron.

Jennifer, who was given the all clear in the summer after battling breast cancer, is good friends with university chancellor and child psychologist Tanya Byron.

The pair worked together on the dark comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.

The comedienne and writer sprang to fame as part of the Comic Strip gang in the early 1980s and is perhaps best known for her partnership with Dawn French and their show French and Saunders.

During her career she has won two BAFTAs, an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, and two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards.

She has affectionately dubbed Edge Hill “a very nice place” and had students in stitches when she collected her honorary doctorate in July.

The event starts at 7pm, arrival from 6pm. To book a place, email

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