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

All children deserve something special and to feel loved by someone, especially at this time of year.

Sarah
Festive-Dove

Please remember a child less fortunate than you this Christmas!

Tony
Sparkly-Holly

Christmas is about celebrating hope - our children are the future.

Sam
Sparkly-Cracker

The thought of a child not having a hot meal or present at Christmas made me realise how much I have.

Samantha
Jolly-Comet

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

Tammy
Sparkly-Socks

Merry Christmas, please give generously to this great charity!

Suzie
Starry-Spring

Just think of all those children who will experience a bit of festive joy because of you!

Toni
Jolly-Sprout

This half-elfling is donning her festive socks to help Santa make more presents for kids who won't get many.

Bethan
Frosty-Eggnog

I've loved being part of this wonderful appeal. Its lovely to know there are so many kind-hearted people around.

Sarah
Tipsy-Elf

Every child should know what Christmas is all about and experience it. Please donate!

Tracy
Dashing-Socks

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