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‘Dear Santa’ – Spreading happiness and making Christmas wishes come true for young victims of crime

As the countdown to Christmas begins and everyone gets into the festive spirit remember that Christmas isn’t magical time for every child…

This Christmas the Embrace elves are hoping to make a difference to those children who sadly are not looking forward to Christmas Day. We want to show them that people care by making their wishes into a reality and give them something to smile about come Christmas morning.

New this year, our Christmas campaign ‘Dear Santa’ has a slight twist on previous years. Our feedback suggested although it’s lovely to receive a gift at Christmas, it’s even better when it’s something you’ve always wanted. So this Christmas the Embrace elves have been busy collecting Christmas wishes for child victims and witnesses of serious crime, putting together a Dear Santa Wish List available to view on our website.

All the wishes have come from child victims of crime who have experienced tragic or horrendous events in their young lives – they are the victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect or who have witnessed domestic abuse in their homes. Things that no child should have to go through.

‘Dear Santa’ is off to a flying start. After launching earlier in November, we asked specialist police officers and child protection professionals to nominate children to receive a gift of their choice, and, at the same time, asked the public to sponsor a child victim of crime this festive season.

We’ve been overwhelmed with the responses received and the support for the campaign. Read some of the heart-warming feedback (below).

– ‘What a fantastic way to give back to these children.”
– ‘Purchase made, hope the spirit of Christmas prevails and all children you’re involved with receive their pressies.’
-‘A fantastic idea, very well organised. Hope all the wishes come true.’
– ‘It’s a lovely feeling knowing you are going to make a sad child happy at Christmas – priceless’

As Christmas is just round the corner and wishes are still available, we are looking for more supporters to sponsor a child victim. If you can help make a difference to a young life this Christmas then please take a look at our ‘Dear Santa’ Wishlist (below)

Dear Santa Wish List