BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 18 May '17

Ashley James and Katie Piper among the celebrity mums to get dressed by their kids for Oxfam

Celebrity mums have 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 (main image) gave their stylists the day off and let their little ones loose on their wardrobes, wearing whatever jumbled concoctions they chose. 

Time to get silly

Oxfam is urging grown-ups across the nation – mums, dads, grandparents, siblings and family friends – to get seriously silly and be Dressed By The Kids on Friday 16 June. All money raised will support Oxfam’s work helping people escape poverty and survive humanitarian crises.

‘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!’

GABY ROSLIN
Presenter and mum

Presenter Kate Thornton enlisted the help of her son Ben (9) to launch the fun campaign, while Gaby Roslin handed control of her outfit to children Libbi (15) and Amelie (10).

Unicorn horns and onesies

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). 

‘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.’

SUZANNE SHAW
Actress, singer and mum

Philanthropist Katie Piper was dressed in unicorn horns and odd shoes by her daughter Belle (3).

‘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.’

KATIE PIPER
Philanthropist and mum

‘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.’

KATE THORNTON
Presenter and mum

How it helps

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.

Click here to sign up to take part in Dressed By The Kids Day, and follow the event on social media using #DressedByTheKids.