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

Spread a little Christmas magic. 🎄

Charlotte
Jingly-Comet

By donating however much, we show children there are good people who care about them.

Sara
Singing-Cracker

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

David
Frosty-Cracker

Let's all help make sure as many children as possible have food, warmth & love this Christmas!

Ferny
Starry-Angel

Merry Christmas! Buon Natale!

Francesca
Glowing-Bauble

Hoping my donation will help to bring some magic to vulnerable children this Christmas!

Helen
Sparkly-Flame

Come on Santas, let's give these kids a reason to believe!

Sallyanne
Tipsy-Pud

Donated in the name of The Ultimate Dad Group!

Steve
Dancing-Holly

Please help to give children the safe and happy Christmas they deserve.

Tammy
Sparkly-Socks

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

Vicki
Golden-Sprout

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