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!

All children deserve something special and to feel loved by someone, especially at this time of year.

Sarah Festive-Dove

You can make such a difference, please help if you can x

Donna Sparkly-Boots

A wonderful way to help children who have nothing to have a little something at Christmas.

Katherine Stinky-Pixie

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Angelo Frosty-Boots

To see a child's face light up at this time of year is a wonderful thing.

Carol Glowing-Sprig

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

Brendan Sparkly-Socks

My children have always had so much at Christmas - I cannot bear the thought of a child going without.

Fiona Jolly-Holly

Share the love and become a Secret Santa! Help give a child a lovely, hot meal this Christmas.

Jo Glowing-Tinsel

All children deserve a magical Christmas ??

Nita Happy-Eggnog

Give the gift of kindness this Christmas!

Beth Happy-Angel

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