See the difference you can make

Thanks to more than 19,000 Secret Santas, we raised more than £430,000 for vulnerable children in the UK this Christmas.

Your donations have helped pay for a child to have a hot meal, buy clothing to keep them warm during the winter, and give them a safe place to sleep. They don’t know who it was that made sure they were fed, or that they felt loved, but you 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.

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!

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

Tina Happy-Elf

All kids deserve a hot meal every day, not just at Christmas - I just wish I could do more.

Cat Stinky-Holly

Yay! So happy I can help spread some love and joy this Christmas!

Rose Sparkly-Pants

Let's make sure every child gets the happy and hopeful Christmas they deserve!

Charles Hopeful-Bauble

I always wanted to be Santa and here I am! Ho ho ho!

Biljana Tipsy-Pixie

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

Claire Joyous-Boots

Let's light up their lives with hope and love!

Angela Dancing-Holly

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

Haley Mulled-Pants

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

Abigail Magical-Socks

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

David Frosty-Cracker