Top stars snapped in Oxfam campaign

Congleton Guardian: Nicole Scherzinger as photographed by Rankin for Oxfam's Lift Lives for Good campaign. Nicole Scherzinger as photographed by Rankin for Oxfam's Lift Lives for Good campaign.

Celebrities including singer Nicole Scherzinger and actor Simon Pegg have been snapped by top photographer Rankin for an Oxfam campaign.

All in all, a dozen well-known faces have been captured in various poses to highlight the charity's Lift Lives for Good campaign.

The fundraising drive, launched at the start of the year, aims to shine a light on the work done by the charity to help poor people around the world.

Paisley-born Rankin, known around the world for his portrait work, said: "This uplifting photo-shoot was great fun to do but it has a serious message: giving people the power to lift their lives can transform entire families and communities.

"Oxfam's new campaign, Lift Lives for Good, shows the positive long-term changes that happen in poor communities when Oxfam helps just one person, who in turn helps the people around them.

"Every day, thanks to the support of the public, Oxfam is putting this into practice, saving and changing lives. I'm very proud to be part of that and hope others will also want to lift lives in some of the poorest countries in the world."

Taking part in the photo shoot alongside Pegg and former Pussycat Doll Scherzinger were actors Bonnie Wright, Anna Friel and David Morrissey; TV presenters Caroline Flack and Miquita Oliver; musicians Gaz Coombes and Eliza Doolittle; radio presenter Gemma Cairney; magician Dynamo and model Laura Bailey.

Nicole said she was happy to be part of the shoot.

"So often all we see are negative images of poverty around the world to encourage people to put hands in pockets however this campaign takes a different approach," she said.

"It's positive and creates the feeling that people have and can really make a difference with just a small donation, helping people lift themselves out of poverty and changing their lives for good."

Hot Fuzz star Simon added: "Oxfam is an organisation I respect and wholeheartedly support, because of its unassailable position as a force of good and change in the world."

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