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. With your help, we 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

For most of us, the festive season is a happy time. But there are children all over the UK who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. We’re working hard to change this – and we need your help.

At Action for Children, we see children who are hurting every day. But we also see the difference your support makes. Last year, people like you helped us reach 368,648 children, young people and families in the UK.

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

By becoming a Secret Santa – and raising money – you can bring happiness, warmth and safety to these children.

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 certificate 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!

Let's all help make sure as many children as possible have food, warmth & love this Christmas!

Ferny Starry-Angel

No child should go hungry or miss out on the magic that Christmas can bring!

Laine Tipsy-Pie

Merry Christmas! Buon Natale!

Francesca Glowing-Bauble

Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in your own celebrations and forget those who need support.

Emily Happy-Candy

Please help to give children the safe and happy Christmas they deserve.

Tammy Sparkly-Socks

Get involved - make a difference to a child who really needs help.

Jackie Jingly-Holly

Stay warm and safe... and make sure you eat your sprouts!

Jon Spicy-Sprout

Christmas time is about giving. This Christmas, give a little something to a child who needs it. ?

Andrea Tipsy-Cracker

I love my own child so much, I want to share some of that with another - will you join me?

Kate Sparkly-Beard

Every child deserves to enjoy a little bit of Christmas magic!

Brendan Sparkly-Socks