Celebrity mums have today kicked off Oxfam's family-oriented fundraiser Dressed By The Kids, taking place on 16 June, to support the charity's lifesaving work around the world.
TV personalities Kate Thornton, Gaby Roslin, Katie Piper, Suzanne Shaw and Ashley James, traded in their stylists to let their little ones loose on their wardrobes, wearing whatever jumbled concoctions they chose.
Oxfam is urging grown-ups across the nation - mums, dads, grandparents, siblings and family friends - to get seriously silly and get Dressed By The Kids on Friday 16 June. All money raised will support Oxfam's work helping people escape poverty and survive humanitarian crises.
Presenter Kate Thornton (44), who enlisted the help of her son Ben (9) to launch the fun campaign, said: "Ben was in charge and we giggled all day. As a parent I want to teach him that we can help those who need it most, and Dressed By The Kids is a great way to do just that whilst having a whole tonne of fun."
Presenter Gaby Roslin (52), who handed control of her outfit to children Libbi (15) and Amelie (10), said: "This is not the combination of clothes I would ever choose - a sequin shirt, satin skirt and a leopard print hat! I promised Amelie I would wear her outfit in its entirety today, and she had such fun choosing it, how could I refuse? As a family, we wanted to support Oxfam's important work around the world, and you can too. Sign up to Dressed By The Kids Day, do it quick!"
Perhaps the wildest outfit of the day was sported by actress and singer Suzanne Shaw (34) who wore an eclectic mix of her husband's and children's clothes, picked by her sons Raffi (18 months) and Corey (12).
Shaw said: "I can't quite believe the outfit the kids have chosen for me. Needless to say I wouldn't wear my husband's underpants over a onesie on any old Friday. But for Oxfam, it's totally worth it. Oxfam helps mums and dads earn a wage so they can feed their families, and they help children the same age as mine in extreme poverty access education. If you sign up to get dressed up, your fundraised money will go to those who need it most. Go to oxfam.org.uk/silly to find out how you can join me in giving poverty a dressing down on 16 June."
Oxfam works for the 1 billion people living in extreme poverty, and the millions of families that don't have the things they need to live safely and in good health.
As one of Britain's most longstanding charities, Oxfam has been working with the world's poorest people for more than 70 years. Operating across 90 countries, Oxfam is currently supporting millions of families facing starvation and other extreme hardship - including hunger crises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.
Philanthropist Katie Piper (33), dressed in unicorn horns and odd shoes by her daughter Belle (3) said: "I would never wear this! But as Belle has chosen it to help kids her age in the world's poorest countries, how could I refuse? I can't wait to see what the nation is dressed up like on 16 June, kids really do have the wildest imaginations."
DJ and model Ashley James (30) said: "Come on Britain, sign up and get fundraising for Oxfam!"
To sign up to take part in Dressed By The Kids Day, go to www.oxfam.org.uk/silly. Follow the event on social media using #DressedByTheKids.
For more information please contact:
Notes to editor:
- Dominique Lyons, Oxfam GB National Press Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07909 002815 / 01865 472498
- Rachel Griffiths, Oxfam GB Regional Press Officer, on email@example.com / 07793 200888
- Oxfam launched Dressed By The Kids in 2016 for the first time. Over 900 schools across the UK have signed up to take part.
- Schoolchildren will learn about Oxfam's work helping the world's poorest people practice their rights to eat, drink, earn and learn
- Twinkl have created resources for schools: http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2547082-oxfam-dressed-by-the-kids-day-resource-pack
- Follow the fun on social media with #DressedByTheKids
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