See the difference you can make

For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy. But there are children in the UK who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. At Action for Children we’re working to change this – and we need your help. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas. 

Your donation could help pay for a child to have a hot meal, buy clothing to keep them warm during the winter months, or give them a safe place to sleep. They won’t know who it was that made sure they were fed, or that they felt loved, but you’ll know that you’ve made their Christmas that little bit brighter. 

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!

Has to be better than buying a Christmas jumper, surely?

David Frosty-Cracker

Spread a little Christmas magic. ?

Charlotte Jingly-Comet

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

Abigail Magical-Socks

The thought of a child not having a hot meal or present at Christmas made me realise how much I have.

Samantha Jolly-Comet

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a positive and kind New Year.

Daniel Starry-Socks

Give a little happiness to a child who really needs it this Christmas.

Lynne Dancing-Flame

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

Fiona Jolly-Holly

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

Kate Sparkly-Beard

My family have a warm, safe home and all the presents they need so I'm sharing the Christmas love to those who don't.

Nicola Tipsy-Elf

It makes me feel so good to know that I have given a child something special this Christmas.

Claire Joyous-Boots