Celebrities supporting Action for Children this Christmas

Friday 15 December 2023
Larry Lamb sat in front of Chrsitmas tree holding a wrapped present and Snow globe that says 'Santa gift'

Our celebrity supporters never fail to amaze us with their commitment to Action for Children.

Whether donning our branded t-shirts on TV or jumping out of planes, their support helps us continue to reach vulnerable families and children around the UK. This is particularly felt at Christmas.

The magic of Christmas begins in childhood. Hanging stockings. Sharing festive food. Presents under the tree. But for vulnerable children across the UK, Christmas is anything but magical. At a time when families are celebrating, others are struggling.

Thanks to the support of our celebrity ambassadors this Christmas, we could help more children and families with nowhere else to turn, this year and beyond. They help spread our goal of helping children have safe and happy childhoods.

So, whose faces should you look out for the Christmas?

Larry Lamb

Nadia Sawalha and Larry Lamb_Christmas Merch

Once again ,actor Larry Lamb is the iconic voice of the Action for Children Christmas TV advert. Larry became a household name for his appearances in Gavin and Stacey, EastEnders, and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Now, Larry Lamb is now on our TVs calling attention to the needs of vulnerable children across the UK.

Where to watch the Secret Santa TV ad

But Larry has not only blessed our screens this Christmas. Larry also supported Action for Children at our first ever Winter Cabin pop up...

Our Winter Cabin pop up

Our Winter Cabin was located on the bank of the river Thames in London as part of the Southbank Christmas markets. Decked in Christmas decorations, our pop up raised vital funds for our Secret Santa campaign.

Over the two days, we sold baubles, encouraged donations, and spread awareness of vulnerable children across the UK.

But we did not do this alone...

Alongside Larry Lamb was Harry Redknapp, Alex Jones, Vanessa Feltz, Luca Bish, Derek Chisora, Kelsey Parker, and more.

As well as donning Santa costumes and spreading festive cheer, their support means we could reach more children across the UK.

Last year, our Secret Santas helped us reach 765, 905 children and families across the UK.

Billie Shepherd

Billie Shepherd holding her personalised bauble

TV star Billie Shepherd has teamed up with Action for Children this year to add a touch of glamour to our Secret Santa campaign.

How? By designing a unique and beautifully festive charity Christmas bauble.

Not only is the bauble charming in its design, but each purchase of Billie’s magical bauble can support our Secret Santa campaign.

The bauble is also handmade, sustainable, plastic-free, and locally sourced. And its nude, gold, and mother of pearl design will make a lovely addition to any Christmas tree.

See Billie react to the first unboxing of her magical bauble...

Christmas is a special time to get together and celebrate, but sadly, the festive season can bring a lot of stress and anxiety for some families. This is why I jumped at the chance to support the Secret Santa campaign to help put the magic back into Christmas for vulnerable children.

Billie Shepherd
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Billie’s bauble and support this year is a wonderful addition to our campaign. Buy Billie's bauble and become a Secret Santa for Action for Children

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Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon became our very own dancing queen on Strictly Come Dancing this year. Each week, she has blew us away with her incredible performances. But the only thing more impressive than the signature Angela Rippon leg lift is her constant support for us.

This year, you can expect to see Angela supporting our Secret Santa campaign in a number of ways. Across the festive months, she will be sharing the message of supporting vulnerable children and young people across the UK, and may even be making an appearance or two...

Charlotte Church

Our Starry Night Gala was the perfect way to kick off the festive season this year. But what made it truly special was the performance of our Young Carers Aloud choir. The choir is made up of young carers aged 6 to 19 who have been supported by Action for Children.

Charlotte Church smiling with young carer who is also smiling

But this year, to make sure their performance was truly magical, singer-songwriter Charlotte Church joined Action for Children as a their very own vocal coach.

With vocal drills, mentoring, and intense rehearsals, Charlotte helped our young carers give the "performance of their lives", and have an experience they will always remember.

Charlotte Church said: “Each member of the Action for Children young carers’ choir is an inspiration in their own right and we’ve been on a very special journey together to prepare for the Starry Night Gala performance.”

Charlotte Church rehearsing young carers aloud choir

Our celebrity supports mean the world to us are Action for Children. We are so grateful for their continued support. But we also know that we couldn't do any of this without the generous support of our Secret Santas too; the generous support of people like you.

Right now, 4.2 million children live in poverty in the UK. That’s 600,000 more than in 2012. And 29% of all children. But with your support, we can continue to help these children have the safe and happy childhoods they deserve. We could put the magic back into Christmas for a vulnerable child.

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