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

It's wonderful to think that a little gesture could make a child's day.

Marimar
Hopeful-Pixie

Give the gift of kindness this Christmas!

Beth
Happy-Angel

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

Hilary
Wonky-Pie

By giving just a little I hope to make a child’s Christmas that bit more special.

Samantha
Snowy-Boots

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

Biljana
Tipsy-Pixie

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

Tanith
Tipsy-Tinsel

Help a child feel loved this Christmas and let them know that someone cares. Be a Secret Santa today!

Jo-Jo
Festive-Pixie

Wishing you all the best Christmas ever. ❄️

Julie
Dancing-Tinsel

Christmas is a time for love. Let your love shine to light up the lives of those who so badly need it.

Michele
Skating-Elf

Your support will make a child feel magical this Christmas.

Julia
Dancing-Holly

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