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

A simple thing to do that could mean so much to a child in need this Christmas.

Karon
Starry-Comet

Please know that you are not alone and people do care. My teenager and I are sending lots of love.

Sally
Singing-Boots

I'm very happy to be a secret Santa. All children should have a Christmas with love and warmth.

Liz
Glowing-Holly

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

Sara
Singing-Cracker

Let’s each ask our inner child what they would do for others who are vulnerable and struggling.

Neil
Jangly-Holly

So happy to give a little something back - you should join the Secret Santa force, too!

Cathy
Wonky-Sprig

Go forth & share the Christmas love 💕

Jen
Mulled-Eggnog

It breaks my heart to think of children who are not as fortunate as my own - so I became a Secret Santa!

Kate
Jumping-Sprout

Because every child deserves to feel joy at Christmas.

Victoria
Starry-Holly

Your help could mean so much! Please do support if you can.

Donna
Singing-Pud

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