Last Christmas, an amazing 9,307 of you signed up to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child in the UK.

Watch our messages of thanks from children, young people and our staff

Thank you for making a difference

Thank you for being a Secret Santa with Action for Children this Christmas. With your help, we were able to give more children hot meals and presents when they would otherwise go without. You made sure homeless teenagers had a safe place to sleep, and young carers got a much-needed break

Secret Santa facts

This Christmas, our Santas…

  • gave young carers a much-needed break
  • bought toys and books for children who would otherwise get no presents
  • paid for a child to have a hot meal
  • provided a safe place for a young homeless teenage over Christmas.
  • attracted the attention of celebrities like Neil Morrissey, Anthea Turner and Larry Lamb.
  • got noticed in 170 pieces of media coverage across the UK.

Where your money goes

For some families, Christmas means choosing between having something to eat and affording a gift for their child. Support worker Sian talks about the difference your donations make.

The secret is out...

Each of our Santas is represented by a light on our heatmap. See how the word spread all over the UK.

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Secret Santas

Letters from Santa

Read messages left by our Secret Santas.

Secret santa letter

If my love for life can spill over into other people's then I am doing it right.

Lizzie
Golden-Boots

I'm very happy to be a secret Santa. All children should have a Christmas with love and warmth.

Liz
Glowing-Holly

This half-elfling is donning her festive socks to help Santa make more presents for kids who won't get many.

Bethan
Frosty-Eggnog

Share the Christmas spirit with a child in need!

Elizabeth
Sparkly-Tinsel

Help a less fortunate child share the joy of Christmas this year.

Bridget

Festive-Pud

No child should be without a Christmas dinner.

Julie
Dancing-Tinsel

It breaks my heart to think of children who are not as fortunate as my own - so I became a Secret Santa!

Kate
Jumping-Sprout

Christmas should be about helping others - hopefully this spreads a little joy around!

Tanith
Tipsy-Tinsel

What a brilliant idea, I hope you get a tonne of Secret Santas for a great cause. Merry Xmas, kids!

Sophie
Festive-Pants

Any change from your pocket will change a kid's whole Christmas, please donate.

Kimberley
Frosty-Sprig

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