Gemma Cairney, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore and Gizzi Erskine Join Celebrity Friends and Crowds of Shoppers at Rumble in the Jumble 2 for Oxfam's Get Together Campaign

Posted by Georgia Best Senior PR Manager

28th Jan 2013

Celebrity ladies including Gemma Cairney, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore, Gizzi Erskine, Cherry Healey, Grace Woodward, Jessie Cave and Georgie Okell joined crowds of bargain hunting shoppers at Rumble in the Jumble 2 for Oxfam in London's Bethnal Green.

The celebrity jumble sale, organised by The Music Circle and Gemma Cairney was part of Oxfam's Get Together for International Women's Day (8th March) and raised money for the charity's work with women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Celebrity donations up for grabs included items from Bat for Lashes, Daisy Lowe, Edith Bowman, Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah, Fearne Cotton, Gemma Cairney, Jessie Ware, Lauren Laverne, Charlotte Church, Alison Mosshart, Jack Whitehall, Lucy Rose, Dermot O'Leary, Toddla T, Stooshe, The Vaccines, Zane Lowe, Paloma Faith and many more.

The Music Circle and pals blagged choice jumble from the music world, which was on offer alongside choice accessories and bric-a-brac. An impressive record stall boasted stock from from DJs and bands' personal collections, including The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Erol Alkan, Friendly Fires, Andrew Weatherall and Mary Anne Hobbs. 

Gemma Cairney said: "I'm simply illuminated by the spirit, the generosity and most of all the damn hard graft of so many brilliant friends - and friends of their friends. That's what an Oxfam Get Together is about - coming together, having a blast and making a difference.  On a serious note, the complexities of the problems faced by women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo runs deeper than imaginable.  Every single joyful bargain bought will contribute towards support for them.  This was more than jumble sale, we felt the rumble."

Rumble in the Jumble 2 also featured a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Drink, Shop & Do, Joe's Tea Company and ping-pong action from Pongathon.  The event follows the success of last year's Rumble in the Jumble Get Together for Oxfam, organised by Gemma Cairney and Dawn O'Porter.

To get involved in The Oxfam Get Together for International Women's Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether

For more information on The Music Circle visit www.justgiving.com/themusiccircle

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For pictures and more information contact Georgia Best at Oxfam: gbest@oxfam.org.uk / 01865 472 375 / 07717 424463

Notes to editors:

About Oxfam's Get Together for International Women's Day

The Oxfam Get Together is a chance to celebrate International Women's Day by doing something fun with friends or colleagues to raise money for Oxfam's work with women living in poverty worldwide.  An Oxfam Get Together can be literally anything from dinner or a film night at home, to a quiz night or clothes swap at work. To get involved in Get Together visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether

About The Music Circle

The Music Circle in conjunction with Oxfam, was formed in spring 2011, spearheaded by Emily Cooper of music PR company Anorak London. Together with her co-Director Laura Martin, the pair invited a selection of key women across the music industry to join the newly formed Music Circle. The women came together to discuss ideas and ways in which they could collectively use their skills and knowledge to help raise money and awareness for important female related causes that Oxfam supports, namely the severe and ongoing problems in the Congo. The aim of the Music Circle is to collectively raise £50,000 over the course of this and next year, kicking off this November (we have already raised 12k).

The money will be used to support women in the DRC; strengthening the work Oxfam already do with communities on protection and working on women's and men's strategies for ensuring that women's concerns are addressed through the project. Targeting 56,000 direct beneficiaries of which half are women, the project aims to support protection committees for a to better ensure women's right to protection in Eastern DRC.

The Music Circle is a subsidiary of Annie Lennox's The Circle. Set up in 2008 by Annie Lennox and Oxfam, The Circle is a partnership of influential women who work with Oxfam, bringing ideas, skills and resources to the table to help Oxfam fight poverty and inequality. to date, The Circle has raised almost a million pounds for Oxfam to date.  To find out more visit www.justgiving.com/themusiccircle

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering.  Oxfam is now working in 55 countries on a diverse range of projects, from providing emergency water sources to supporting community health projects.  Women are at the heart of all Oxfam's work.  Oxfam has more than 700 high street shops across the UK selling donated fashion, books, music, homewares and new ethical products.  It is supported by a workforce of 22,000 volunteers.  Oxfam GB is affiliated to Oxfam International, a global confederation of 17 independent Oxfams which share the same purpose. To find out more visit www.oxfam.org.uk

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