Last Christmas, an amazing 9,307 of you signed up to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child in the UK.

Watch our messages of thanks from children, young people and our staff

Thank you for making a difference

Thank you for being a Secret Santa with Action for Children this Christmas. With your help, we were able to give more children hot meals and presents when they would otherwise go without. You made sure homeless teenagers had a safe place to sleep, and young carers got a much-needed break

Secret Santa facts

This Christmas, our Santas…

  • gave young carers a much-needed break
  • bought toys and books for children who would otherwise get no presents
  • paid for a child to have a hot meal
  • provided a safe place for a young homeless teenage over Christmas.
  • attracted the attention of celebrities like Neil Morrissey, Anthea Turner and Larry Lamb.
  • got noticed in 170 pieces of media coverage across the UK.

Where your money goes

For some families, Christmas means choosing between having something to eat and affording a gift for their child. Support worker Sian talks about the difference your donations make.

The secret is out...

Each of our Santas is represented by a light on our heatmap. See how the word spread all over the UK.

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Secret Santas

Letters from Santa

Read messages left by our Secret Santas.

Secret santa letter

Happy Christmas, everyone. Let's hope that 2019 is a loving, caring, healthy one for us all.

Katie
Glowing-Pants

Christmas should be about helping others - hopefully this spreads a little joy around!

Tanith
Tipsy-Tinsel

Spread a little Christmas magic. 🎄

Charlotte
Jingly-Comet

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

Carol
Glowing-Sprig

Donated in the name of The Ultimate Dad Group!

Steve
Dancing-Holly

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

Julie
Happy-Pixie

It feels so good to help someone who needs someone!

Sharon
Happy-Cracker

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

Daniel
Starry-Socks

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

Jon
Spicy-Sprout

I want to help a child feel safe and have good memories of Christmas time, like I had growing up.

Jessica
Mulled-Pants

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