Looking for a Christmas gift that will make a real difference

Looking for a Christmas gift that will make a real difference

Christmas shoppers looking for a gift that will make a difference this year should look no further than Cows ‘n’ Things, a charity online gift scheme run by Age International, the only UK charity focusing on older people in developing countries.

Cow in VietnamThe gifts include cattle, chicks, goats and even a whole house, all available at www.cowsnthings.org.uk.

Purchasing a charitable gift is an ideal way of buying an alternative present this Christmas, while providing life-changing support to older people across the world.

Money donated through Cows ‘n’ Things will be spent on helping the most disadvantaged older people overseas by providing gifts that are based on their needs.

The impact of gifts can be life changing, with people benefiting in countries including Uganda, Mozambique and Vietnam.

It’s simple, quick and easy to purchase from Cows ‘n’ Things, with the recipient receiving either a gift card in the post or an e-card via email. It’s a perfect option for last-minute Christmas shoppers and a nice alternative from the traditional bubble bath and socks!

Gifts can be ordered online at www.cowsnthings.org.uk or by calling 0800 032 0699.

Antonio Olmos, UgandaChris Roles, Director of Age International said: “Whether it’s a cow, a goat or a fruit tree, choosing from Cows ‘n’ Things doesn’t just give a gift for Christmas – it will change someone’s life into the New Year and beyond. For example, just £10 can purchase 10 chicks that will grow, breed and therefore produce more chicks and eggs that can be eaten or sold.

“Money donated through Cows ‘n’ Things will be spent on our work overseas in over 30 developing countries. Older people can often be left to cope alone in later life, without a pension and often without family support so this is a great way for people to share some festive spirit and help older people all over the world.”

For more information about Cows ‘n’ Things, please visit www.cowsnthings.org.uk to view a range of online products or call 0800 032 0699.

  • £5 can buy a fruit tree, a healthy source of food or income when sold at market
  • £10 can buy 10 chicks which will grow and breed, providing eggs for food or income if sold
  • £60 can support a donkey ambulance to transfer sick or frail older people to a health clinic or hospital in remote rural areas of Sudan


Women with chickens – Older women in Thailand by Judith Escribano / Age International
Man with cow – Van Quang, 70, Vietnam by Mayur Paul/HelpAge International
Man with fruit – Kasuja, 62, Uganda by Antonio Olmos/HelpAge International