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

48 more sleeps! Time to recruit lots more Santas!

Sarah
Stinky-Pud

Hoping my donation will help to bring some magic to vulnerable children this Christmas! 🎅

Otto
Tipsy-Cracker

Donated in the name of The Ultimate Dad Group!

Steve
Dancing-Holly

This year, instead of sending Christmas cards, we have donated to Action for Children's Secret Santa!

Rachel
Magical-Cracker

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

Janet
Glowing-Sprig

A mere drop in the vast ocean of Christmas spending can ensure a child has shelter and a gift this year.

Tina
Happy-Elf

Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others.

Heather
Happy-Pixie

Helping someone less fortunate at this time of year is the best gift anyone can give.

Sara
Sparkly-Comet

By giving just a little I hope to make a child’s Christmas that bit more special.

Samantha
Snowy-Boots

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

Tony
Mulled-Turkey

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