Be a
Secret Santa

for a vulnerable child

Thousands of children and young people face Christmas without a hot meal, a present or a safe place to sleep. You could change this.

Gift: Make someone a Secret Santa

Donate to help bring joy, warmth and safety to a vulnerable child.

Could pay for a day’s food for a child at Christmas.

Could pay for a pair of shoes for a child in winter.

Could pay for warm winter clothes for a child.

Could provide a young person in emergency accommodation with food and essentials for 4 days.

Other amount?


Donate to help bring joy, warmth and safety to a vulnerable child.

Could provide a child with a healthy breakfast every day for a week.

Could pay for breakfast, lunch and a warm dinner for a child.

Could provide a young person experiencing homelessness with food and essentials.

Could help a family to pay for gas to keep their home warm for a month.

Other amount?


Rather make someone else a Secret Santa?

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See the difference you can make

This Christmas, vulnerable children in the UK need a Secret Santa more than ever. 

Every child’s Christmas should be full of excitement, warmth and laughter. But for many children, this year will be very different. 

Before coronavirus hit, more than 4 million children in the UK were locked in poverty. That’s the equivalent of nine children in every school class of 30.  

Be a Secret Santa and you could make sure more children and young people have a hot meal, a present or a safe place to sleep. 

Find out more about the campaign

How Action for Children helps

We step in to make sure a child’s needs are met when times get really tough. Our emergency fund gives families with urgent needs one-off financial support.
Our Family Partners project helps prevent and reduce neglect, giving parents the practical skills to make positive changes, and empowering them to overcome difficulties.
Our counselling service Breaking the Cycle gives children and young people affected by domestic abuse a voice, helping them talk about their feelings and learn vital coping skills.

Make someone a Secret Santa

Make a donation on behalf of your friends or family, and get a personalised gift to send to your chosen Santa.


It's getting brighter

Each time we recruit a new Secret Santa, another part of our map lights up.


Total raised

Secret Santas

Our latest recruit


Letters from Santa

Read through some of the messages that our Secret Santas have left. You can create your own after you donate!

A simple thing to do that could mean so much to a child in need this Christmas.

Karon Starry-Comet

I donated to this cause because it could so easily be my own nieces and nephews in these situations.

Justine Tipsy-Dove

Every child should feel the magic of Christmas!

Jason Starry-Flame

Sprinkle a little love and magic to all the less fortunate young folk.

Loretta Mulled-Eggnog

Become a Secret Santa - the joy you will bring to child's life will be the best reward!

Jude Spicy-Comet

There's always goodness and hope!

Rafael Snowy-Flame

Every child deserves to open a present and have fun on Christmas day.

Janet Glowing-Sprig

No child should be without a Christmas dinner.

Julie Dancing-Tinsel

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

Tony Mulled-Turkey

In the spirit of Christmas, give a teeny bit extra this year. Be the reason a small person smiles!

Sarah Snowy-Holly

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