Be a
Secret Santa

for a vulnerable child

Thousands of children and young people face Christmas without a hot meal, a present or a safe place to sleep. With your help, we could change this.

Gift: Make someone a Secret Santa

Donate to help bring joy, warmth and safety to a vulnerable child.

Could pay for a day’s food for a child at Christmas.

Could pay for a pair of shoes for a child in winter.

Could pay for warm winter clothes for a child.

Could provide a young person in emergency accommodation with food and essentials for 4 days.

Other amount?


Donate to help bring joy, warmth and safety to a vulnerable child.

Could provide a child with a healthy breakfast every day for a week.

Could pay for breakfast, lunch and a warm dinner for a child.

Could provide a young person experiencing homelessness with food and essentials.

Could help a family to pay for gas to keep their home warm for a month.

Other amount?


Rather make someone else a Secret Santa?

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See the difference you can make

For most of us, the festive season is a happy time. But there are children all over the UK who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. We’re working hard to change this – and we need your help.

At Action for Children, we see children who are hurting every day. But we also see the difference your support makes. Last year, people like you helped us reach 368,648 children, young people and families in the UK.

This year, vulnerable children in the UK need a Secret Santa more than ever.

By becoming a Secret Santa – and raising money – you can bring happiness, warmth and safety to these children.

Find out more about the campaign

How Action for Children helps

We step in to make sure a child’s needs are met when times get really tough. Our emergency fund gives families with urgent needs one-off financial support.
Our Family Partners project helps prevent and reduce neglect, giving parents the practical skills to make positive changes, and empowering them to overcome difficulties.
Our counselling service Breaking the Cycle gives children and young people affected by domestic abuse a voice, helping them talk about their feelings and learn vital coping skills.

Make someone a Secret Santa

Make a donation on behalf of your friends or family, and get a personalised gift to send to your chosen Santa.


It's getting brighter

Each time we recruit a new Secret Santa, another part of our map lights up.


Total raised


Secret Santas

Our latest recruit


Letters from Santa

Read through some of the messages that our Secret Santas have left. You can create your own after you donate!

If my love for life can spill over into other people's then I am doing it right.

Lizzie Golden-Boots

Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others.

Heather Happy-Pixie

Your support will make a child feel magical this Christmas.

Julia Dancing-Holly

Be a Secret Santa for children who may not get presents this Christmas.

Liz Spicy-Boots

Sprinkle a little love and magic to all the less fortunate young folk.

Loretta Mulled-Eggnog

Spreading the love - it's what Christmas is all about!

Hilary Wonky-Pie

Please give even just a small amount to help make Christmas a little brighter.

Katrina Stinky-Cracker

I wanted to do something meaningful and worthwhile this Christmas by becoming a Secret Santa.

Claire Joyous-Bauble

I love my own child so much, I want to share some of that with another - will you join me?

Kate Sparkly-Beard

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

Liz Glowing-Holly