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Dear Santa

Bring Christmas joy to children harmed by serious crime in your area!

Buy an extra gift when you shop online and help turn wishes into reality this Christmas for some of the most vulnerable children in communities near you.

Thank you so much in advance for your support and donations, it really means a lot and will help us give many children a Christmas to remember for the right reasons.

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  • Dear Santa is our seasonal appeal to deliver gifts of choice to children and young people harmed by serious crime across the UK.
  • Children referred for a Dear Santa gift may have suffered trauma as the result of sexual abuse, violence or neglect, or have lost a parent or loved one to homicide.
  • Dear Santa allows the nominated child to choose their own gift (worth up to £30) which is placed on our Dear Santa Wish List for public donation.
  • Embrace CVOC will wrap and deliver your gift in time for Christmas Day.
  • 100% of your donation goes to your chosen child.

Donate now

You can purchase a gift for a child harmed by crime directly from our Dear Santa Wish List. 

Simply click on the wish-list tag and you’ll be redirected to our shop. Here you’ll find a list of Dear Santa gifts together with details of the recipients, for example their age, the region they come from and the crime.

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If you would like to order a personalised Certificate of Appreciation from Embrace CVOC following your donation, please click below. 

Support Dear Santa 2020

Over the years, thanks to your support and generosity we have delivered presents to thousands of children across the UK.
Help us offer support to even more children recovering from the trauma of serious crime by:

SPREAD THE WORD

Tell your friends, family and colleagues about #DearSanta2020 – encourage them to donate.

GET SOCIAL

From Monday November 2 share our #DearSanta2020 messages with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn, adding your personal support for the campaign. Click here to download our supporter pack! 

GROUP FUNDRAISER

Office cake sale? Pub quiz? Christmas jumper day? Dear Santa is a great way for friends, colleagues or groups to club together to fund a gift for a child victim of crime in their local community.

DEAR SANTA WISHLIST

From Monday November 2 purchase a gift for a child harmed by crime directly from our Dear Santa Wish List
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ONLINE DONATION

Every penny counts. If you don’t have the time to purchase a gift directly, we’re happy to do this for you.

Donate Now

Make a donation and we will buy a gift on your behalf – Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Nominations are open for our Dear Santa 2020 appeal!

Christmas is a time of joy and UK children’s charity Embrace has launched its Dear Santa 2020 campaign to bring happy memories to children harmed by crime right across the UK.

Refer a child harmed by crime to receive a Christmas gift of their choice worth up to £30.

Together this Christmas we can turn wishes into reality for children recovering from the trauma of serious crime.

Nominate now

Do you work for the police or a statutory agency/charity working with children impacted by serious crime?

If so, we need your help to identify those children and families who would benefit from a present of their choice this Christmas.

We will accept nominations for any crime type but, as a guide, previous nominations have included children who have suffered violence, sexual abuse and exploitation (including online crime), bereavement through homicide in all its forms, or who have witnessed violence in the home.

Just five minutes of your time could make all the difference to these families this Christmas.

We treat all information in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Eligibility

  • We accept nominations for children up to and including the age of 18 who have been directly or indirectly impacted by serious crime such as homicide, sexual abuse, domestic violence or neglect.
  • Referrals are invited from our partner agencies and associates nationwide so we can ensure children right across the UK have the opportunity to receive a gift.
  • Please seek parent / guardian consent before submitting a referral. We need their details and also may need to contact the family directly.
  • We accept referrals for children directly or indirectly affected by crime. For example, a child impacted by sexual abuse plus their siblings. Please ensure sibling groups are all detailed on the same referral form.
  • In order for us to process the request please ensure all of the required information is completed on the referral form.
  • It is important our funds are channeled to support those most in need and so we prioritise children from families on low income.
  • We will notify you if for any reason we are unable to accept your referral due to capacity or criteria.

How to nominate

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Referral Form

Seek parental/guardian’s consent (or individual consent if aged 18) and fill out our online Referral Form, making sure to complete all boxes and choosing ‘Dear Santa’ in the drop-down menu. Please ensure all fields are completed.
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Sibling Groups

To nominate sibling groups please ensure they are all detailed on the same referral form.
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Gift Selection

Tell us the gift they would like to receive worth up to £30. This must be a single gift and not multiple gifts to the same value, which helps us process all requests. Alternatively we can provide Amazon vouchers at £20 for children aged 0-6 and £30 for those aged 7 – 18.

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Add to Wish List

We’ll place the chosen gift on our Dear Santa wish list and drive public donations from Monday November 2.

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Wrapped and Delivered

We’ll wrap the gift for Santa to deliver in time for Christmas Day.

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Gift Availability

No child will go without their gift. If their chosen gift is unavailable we will look to provide an alternative gift or voucher.

Please be assured that all information is treated in the strictest confidence and personal data managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) using the secure third sector information management software Charitylog.

Dear Santa 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Santa 2020 is the seasonal fund-raising initiative delivered by Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVOC) to generate longed-for Christmas gifts for children and young people aged 18 and under who have suffered trauma through crime – either as victims or witnesses – and are from low income families.

In 2020, we aim to fund enough presents to provide Christmas cheer to hundreds of young victims right across the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

During the autumn, Embrace CVOC will collaborate with statutory agencies – such as the police and safeguarding workers – to seek suitable nominations.

On Monday November 2, we will launch the public campaign online and in the media asking people to ‘buy an extra gift for a child harmed by crime when you shop online’ this Christmas, using the #DearSanta2020 hash-tag.

Donors can choose the gift and recipient from Dear Santa wish-list and purchase the gift directly from our shop. Each gift will then be wrapped and delivered to the child in time for the big day.

Referrals are invited from our partner agencies and associates nationwide.

Seek parental/guardian’s consent (or individual consent if aged 18) and fill out our online Referral Form, making sure to complete all boxes and choosing ‘Dear Santa’ in the drop-down menu. Please ensure all fields are completed.

Embrace CVOC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of any personal information we receives. All information shared with us is managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) order. We use the secure platform charitylog for information management.

You will need to seek the express parental consent (for children aged 17 and below) or individual consent (for those aged 18) to nominate a child for Dear Santa 2019 and to share relevant information with Embrace CVOC.

Yes. Although we tend to receive nominations for more serious crime such as violence (including domestic abuse and neglect), sexual violence and exploitation, homicide in all its forms. We expect professionals to make their own judgement on this.

Not necessarily but our work targets children who have suffered trauma and require on-going support to help heal.

Yes, to nominate sibling groups please ensure they are all detailed on the same referral form.

Embrace will be pleased to help. Please e-mail info@emnbracecvoc.org.uk with details and we can discuss with you how best we can provide support.

That great! We’re always on the look out for more volunteers and fund-raisers. Money raised in one place (eg a county, or London borough) is ring-fenced by Embrace CVOC to help young victims of crime in that area – so you can be confident your work is contributing directly to help young people in your community. For information on how you can get involved visit our What You Can Do page.

Nominations for Dear Santa 2020 are now closed

Nominations for Dear Santa 2020 closed at 12 noon on Monday December 10.

This is to ensure requested gifts can be purchased, delivered to Embrace for wrapping and redelivered to the child in time for Christmas Day.

Please browse our website for details of other support services available.

If you would like to refer a child for other support please complete the refer now form.

Dear Santa 2020

With the countdown to Christmas well underway we’re delighted to report that our 2020 Dear Santa Christmas appeal has turned hundreds of wishes into reality this Christmas for children affected by crime across the UK.

Thanks to your kindness and generosity, our appeal will be delivering longed-for Christmas gifts to hundreds of children across the UK.

All gifts have now been purchased but donations remain open to cover late gift requests that we were not able to publish. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Team Embrace!

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