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!

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

Just imagine a little face lighting up at Christmas thanks to all you have done for them!

Sue Dancing-Holly

Mummy and Daddy helped me be a Secret Santa to other children. Every child deserves a Merry Christmas!

Abigail Magical-Socks

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

Haley Mulled-Pants

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

Brendan Sparkly-Socks

Being a Secret Santa is a cracker!

David Mulled-Cracker

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

Kate Sparkly-Beard

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

Jackie Jingly-Holly

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

Brinda Tipsy-Pixie

Christmas is a time for love. Let your love shine to light up the lives of those who so badly need it.

Michele Skating-Elf

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