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

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a positive and kind New Year.

Daniel
Starry-Socks

Yay! So happy I can help spread some love and joy this Christmas!

Rose
Sparkly-Pants

Let’s make happiness happen ❤️

Beth
Starry-Pie

I am a jolly Secret Santa! Imagine the pure joy a lonely child will feel getting a gift this Christmas.

Teresa
Jolly-Holly

Every child should have the right to a happy life - to be safe, warm and loved, no matter what. 😍

Haley
Mulled-Pants

What a special way to spread some Christmas magic! Will you become a Secret Santa too?

Brinda
Tipsy-Pixie

Wow, I'm Santa... shush, it's a secret!

Sarah
Mulled-Boots

Let's put the magic back into Christmas for vulnerable children!

Tony
Mulled-Turkey

Your support will make a child feel magical this Christmas.

Julia
Dancing-Holly

Such a wonderful idea. All children should feel loved all of the time, but especially at Christmas.

Eleanor
Happy-Sprig

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