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!

A worthy cause hopefully making life safer, warmer and more enjoyable for kids out there x

Paula Glowing-Pants

I've decided to become a Secret Santa as there are too many children in poverty this Christmas.

Nicki Magical-Cracker

Wishing everyone peace, love and friendship this Christmas and all year round.

Julie Happy-Pixie

What a brilliant idea, I hope you get a tonne of Secret Santas for a great cause. Merry Xmas, kids!

Sophie Festive-Pants

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

Samantha Snowy-Boots

Join me and become a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child. Let's spread a bit of Christmas love!

Gwen Snowy-Angel

Such a wonderful idea. All children should feel loved all of the time, but especially at Christmas.

Eleanor Happy-Sprig

No child should go hungry or miss out on the magic that Christmas can bring!

Laine Tipsy-Pie

Let's make Christmas a happy time for as many children as possible!

Vicki Golden-Sprout

Stay warm and safe... and make sure you eat your sprouts!

Jon Spicy-Sprout