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

Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in your own celebrations and forget those who need support.

Emily
Happy-Candy

What a special way to spread some Christmas magic! Will you become a Secret Santa too?

Brinda
Tipsy-Pixie

Great to be a Secret Santa for children who don't get much Christmas cheer.

Trish
Spicy-Pants

A great cause - every child deserves to feel safe and warm, especially at Christmas.

Kate
Jolly-Cracker

My family have a warm, safe home and all the presents they need so I'm sharing the Christmas love to those who don't.

Nicola
Tipsy-Elf

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

Nicki
Magical-Cracker

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

Tanith
Tipsy-Tinsel

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

Cathy
Wonky-Sprig

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

Biljana
Tipsy-Pixie

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

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